One of the critiques made about millennials today is that they want instant gratification. They have microwave hopes in a Crockpot world. In other words, they want what they want now and don’t want to wait for it.
Then, there is the belief that having a college degree will open doors that cannot be opened otherwise. I can tell you from personal experience that this is not the case. I was sold on the fact that earning a Ph.D. would “open doors that you would not believe”. I have that degree now, and…nope…no Earth-shattering changes.
Why is this the case? What is it that makes us feel such an urge to get what we want in the fastest time possible? What makes us think that the world should bow down to us when we have accomplished something? It’s not always been this way, so what is the deal?
Folks, this is a problem.
In my book, Degree or Not Degree: Five Ways to Know if College is for You, I cover areas that I feel students must consider when they are looking at their post-secondary options. There is one thing, however, that tops them all. There is one factor that you cannot teach, one element you cannot buy or learn about through YouTube. There is one thing that makes the difference.
You will NEVER get the gains you want, whether from a gym, business, or school, if you are not willing to put in the work necessary to make it happen. Sometimes, this means waking up at crazy hours to start or finish something. Sometimes, this means commuting for hours at a time just because you love what you do. That new video game? Forget it; there is no time. Social media? Sure, #Grinding.
You simply cannot replace the value of rolling up your sleeves and putting in the work. Work like you love what you do, and you will begin to realize what you love to do. When you discover your passion, you will work like no one else, because it will not feel like work. Whether you are a young person wanting to find your place in this world, or an individual like myself who realized that nothing is given and everything is earned, HARD WORK will get us where we need to be.
So, turn off the microwave and let’s get cooking!