“That’s Too Much Work”

David Hancock, Staff Writer

Dear lazy people,

Believe it or not, but “that’s too much work” is not a valid excuse.

I hear that a lot. A lot of times it’s from my own mouth, but also from other people. Hearing about a job or assignment that will be a lot of works scares a lot of us. Especially when we have a lot of other things going on, adding something huge to our plate is a crazy big commitment and it’s normal for us to back out. But that’s not an excuse.

If history’s taught us anything, it’s that it’s hard to accomplish anything. Look back on all the great accomplishments that happened, ever. The building of the pyramids, the building of Rome, the building of the American government; all had one thing in common: LOTS OF WORK! Also the invention of the light bulb, the internet, and the iPhone all took thousands of hours of work. That’s thousands of hours. Thousands. That’s a lot of work.

We’re so lazy today. Most of us can hardly take half an hour a day to finish our homework, and if we do we do so grudgingly. Imagine how we’d handle the monumental workload of doing something that our famous historical figures have done. Imagine forming a National Bank, imagine inventing the automobile, imagine starting a line of restaurants that sells fried chicken only! Imagine the work!

If that’s not enough, imagine having a kid. More specifically, imagine having you as a kid. Imagine the tremendous amount of work it took to raise you. With that in mind, imagine if your parents decided not to have you because it’s too much work. Imagine if after your first tantrum your parents gave up raising you because you were too much work. Imagine if your parents gave up on saving for your college fund because it’s too much work.

Anything worth doing is going to be difficult. It’s going to be a pain and it’s going to take a lot of work and it’s going to be hard, but that’s good! To quote Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

I think everyone has a dream. Everyone wants to do something great. Lots of us want to be rich, lots of us want to help those who need it, lots of us want to change the world, but most of us don’t. We don’t because we’re lazy. We don’t because we’re scared. We don’t because it’s too much work.

My dad always tells me that if there’s one thing that’s true in this world, it’s that you reap what you sow meaning, if I sit on my butt all day I will get nothing at all from that, but if I get up and do my homework or write an essay for a scholarship then I’ll be rewarded for that in some way.

I want to do a lot in my life. I want to go to college, I want to write in a professional newspaper, I want to be Hamilton on Broadway, I want to have kids. When I think of all the work I have ahead of me I freak out, but when I think of the rewards of all that work, it all seems worth it.

David Hancock