The standard motivation in western society for working hard is to 'get ahead'. This is wrong for many reasons. Not the least implied by the term itself 'get ahead' i.e gain some advantage over your fellow man. Getting ahead suggests leaving someone, or many people, behind. It comes across as an essentially selfish motivation, and if so is unworthy of a true human.
Of course, there are unselfish reasons to work. One may be so as not to be a burden to others. Another is to of course help others. It is this second one that I argue should be our motive for everything. To be Christian is to serve, to love your neighbour as yourself, or even more than yourself. The example, is of course God, as Jesus - the Servant King. He who is constantly active providing for His many children - good and bad (the same sun shines on them all).
However, the whole idea of serving others seems to have been lost in the modern world. Or if not lost, perversely distorted. One should have a 'customer focus', not out love, but because that is the way to run a successful business. What a lowly motive that is, and how disingenous a society must result. A society full of falseness, where care and compassion are pretended, and one can therefore never be too sure when it is genuine. In such a system one lives in a constant state of suspicion. America is perhaps the most extreme in this regard, where overacted 'care' and 'concern' is frequently given for the purpose of gaining sufficient tips to survive on otherwise marginal incomes.
Similarly arguments apply to education. Education is often now undertaken, to 'get ahead'. One hopes however, that a few people learn so as to be better able to serve their fellow man.
I put to you that anything, anything at all, that is not done out of love has no value. So keep away from me with worldly thinking, and worldly arguments for doing things. If I have no love for others I will do little for others - but rather I may do a lot to provide for myself - perhaps even at the expense of others. However, if I have much love for others, I will do all I can, and as much as can, for them - with the best will in the world, and with the greatest enjoyment and pleasure.