Why shy from putting in effort? I agree with you, nobody likes to put in effort. But no pain no gains, always remains the same. This sounds irrefutable. But this is not my argument. My argument is different.
There is a principle in nature. You have to sow before you reap. It means that your future rewards depends on your effort in the present. This is not difficult to observe. As time changes, a popular entertainer, who was once the heart throb of his generation, finds himself living an obscure life. If he is getting any return in these stagnant times, it is the outcome of his efforts he puts in when the time was on his side. Even a grasshopper understands this logic: Work hard in the summers, and sit back and eat in the winter. Because in winter it cannot work. So summer requires double the effort.
Same is the case with human life. Best efforts are need to be put in when one is in her prime years. The rewards of these efforts one puts in her spring days will be reaped in one’s winter years. Why? Affordability is the plain logic behind it. Putting it simply, effort is more affordable in one’s youthful years. Am I start sounding like an economist? I don’t mind it if your answer is yes. If little economic reasoning can make us smart then what’s bad in it.
Coming back to our logic. The greatest constraint a student is facing is that of time. You have to get knowledge and skills ____ all the technical stuff ____ that is needed for a good graduate in a job market. Never forget that you are competing in a global job market populated with Koreans, Chinese, Indians and other developing country graduates. Once you are out in practical life, become a cog in the large machine of daily routine, you don’t find any time to add value to your credentials. Once the shot is fired, the race starts, you cannot halt to tie up your shoe lace.
Much more importantly, if you compare the price of effort with the price of leisure, you find the former much less expensive. Why? It is easier for you, in your youthful years, to put in the hard effort and acquire knowledge. The university time is unique. You don’t have any obligations, family responsibilities, neither any other constraints. With exuberant health, strong senses, and a quick and responsive mind, you are well equipped with an enormous arsenal. Only thing you need is the will to utilize it. Generate this will, and gets what you want.
As you advance in life, the Mother Nature will increase the price of the effort for you. The arsenal that was given to you gets rusted and deteriorated. Your purse will be filled with the same currency of 24 hours each day of your life but you find the effort increasingly unaffordable. The same effort level which was cheap in youth becomes exorbitantly expensive in the middle years of life.
The leisure that you are enjoying now is at the expense of your best potential effort. This is an irrational exchange. Those unscrupulous, who prefer leisure now, with the hope that they come back to studies later on will find themselves on a loser’s side not before many years. Your budget line will change and with it change the relative affordability of effort and leisure. With age comes problems: weak senses, health issues, greater involvement in worldly affairs, family issues, and above all, the sense of getting behind one’s age fellows. The last factor in particular has a disturbing psychological impact.
The conclusion: exerting best effort is the best logical strategy for a student who wants to get real knowledge and worthwhile job market skills. A delayed effort, or postponing effort to some future time is an irrational and destructive choice. So stop reading this and start studying.