Work Ethic. The thing lots of millennials lack in as of currently. The question in this is how did this happen, how did this happen to a species that has been primarily productive since the beginning of their existence. To stop trying to better society or better their life style.


To solve this conundrum, I looked at what gives people great work ethics. Usually the process is people get motivation and inspiration to do something, from that motivation they attempt to achieve a goal that have placed for themselves.


Somewhere in the mix of time that motivation/inspiration to better, got lost in space. I’ve got a prime example of this. Someone who has goals but has not motivation to do better or to work for what they want. Someone who has the ability but no desire to work for what they want.  


My prime example, would be one of my friends on who I consult with a lto over academics and philosophies of life. He is very intelligent and it is very apparent upon meeting him that he is natural gifted with the ability of recalling important information.


I was approached by my friend the other day, who has high aspirations to do something productive with his life, but is willing to do very little to get himself there. He said that he wants to see if he could attend an Ivy League school. Very doable for a person of his intellect, someone who knew as much as him academically would definitely be able to make it into an Ivy league school.    


But he has one slight problem, his GPA isn’t the greatest thing. Not only is his GPA not the greatest thing but he also decided that he really doesn’t want to try in high school. Though his GPA isn’t all that great, he still thinks maybe there’s a possibility of making an Ivy League school based off his SAT and ACT scores.


There is the problem that millennials have, to think that they don’t have to put time into something that they want to desperately succeed in. Yes, this is an extreme example of someone who is risking their future all upon two test in which they may or may not get the scores necessary to achieve what they want. But my friend isn’t the only person who has this thought process, millions of people around the world also think like this.

When talking to my friends about what he gets motivated by or what inspires him. He replied simply with “nothing”. When I asked him if he listened to music, watched tv programs that inspire him, again he replied with “no”.

For the everyday person people’s motivation could be their family or people they’d like to emulate (heroes). But what happens to the people who aren’t really close with their family or don’t believe that emulating someone large in society is worth it. What happens to that person’s work ethic.

Listening to my friends responses, saying nothing motivates him reminded me of Ron Livingston’s character from office space. That’s when I realized that society has given us popular works that promote negative work ethic that represent this change. With the works like Office Space, showing how not to take yourself seriously sometimes and just be loose can be entertaining and can relate to lots of people. But it also promotes that work in “the real world” can be negative.

If I had to point out a flaw within society that wasn’t political corruption, it would be corruption within one’s self. The phrase you are you’re own worst enemy correctly describes this story

downloadBut like every cliche story there’s a happy ending, when conversing with other people about what motivates them, my survey concluded that people for the majority, are inspired by people and their charitable works to society. They’re motivated by their desire to better themselves and the situation around them. These people have a work ethic that is stable and consistent. They strive for a better future for not only themselves but others, they realize their future matters, and they’re gonna make the best of it.



One comment

  1. Korey,
    You have addressed an important topic to motivate your audience to seek success through hard work. Moving forward, I would like to see more contribution from outside contributors (maybe you could take a survey of other high school students to hear from more voices than just your friend featured with direct quotes).
    Thank you for covering this editorial piece.

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