It can be just as hard
to improve when satisfied
as when in despair
This is not meant to mock the efforts people in despair put in to improve whatever it is that is keeping them in despair. However, people who are satisfied with things, especially those who didn’t earn it, but rather “inherit” it, aren’t a terribly motivated bunch, either. I’m not talking about money here, but situations, traits, natural abilities, and so on. Even for those who had to work hard to get somewhere, once they get there and are satisfied with things, it’s hard to still get them to improve. And who can blame them? They’ve worked to attain a level that makes them happy. Who’s to judge and say that isn’t good enough?
For the most part, I would agree with that. It’s just every now and then, there is a situation where there is a lot of potential remaining, where the law of diminishing returns can still work in their favour where a little more effort can still yield a lot more gains. In those situations, the potential wasted is great enough to shake one’s head over a lack of effort someone else is willing to put in. That’s assuming one can’t do anything oneself to help that, of course. Let’s not be hypocritical here!