Or as one of the great presidents of the 20th century put it:
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
One of the many problems facing Western civilization is that men have fewer incentives to persevere and work hard. Why should a young man bust his ass in a dead end, part time, minimum wage job when he can stay home, play video games, and either hook up or look at pornography?
As always, reform always begin with ourselves.