If you are not doing the things you want because it will be hard, you deserve the misery that comes with mediocrity. The rewards only come to those bold enough to do the things others choose not to. You don’t get what you want because you want it, you get it when you do the work.
I don’t care to hear the complaints about any particular generation. As humans, we have always had top tier operators and the rest of the population. You can’t blame cell phones or computers for what we have today because when all we had was rocks, some people made tools while others complained they were too heavy. You have to stop making excuses and decide if you are going to do the heavy lifting, or are you going to complain about the weight?
There really are no excuses. You are who you are and you make choices. If you something, you go do to get it or you don’t. This has nothing to do with education, upbringing, society… nothing. There are too many examples of successful people in every environment ever. People are overcoming the stereotype every second of every day. You can overcome what the world has told you to become or you can conform to an idea that is not your own.
It all comes down to how bad do you want it? If you want it, you will go do what it takes. If you don’t, you will come up with excuses.