I agree.The number of young men, especially in today's environment, who will choose #1 would greatly outnumber #2. It isn't that they are lazy, it is there is no real incentive to work harder for a "better life" because the hard work doesn't make your life that much better and it might make it worse. I know of guys in the service industry who have degrees in accounting and finance and they couldn't stand to sit in a boring office all day long and found they could make close to as much bartending or serving and have a lot more fun. Sure there is no future growth, but what future does this country provide these days as it is?
Historically people could accept being boring corporate/office slaves because there were long term rewards and upward trajectory.
But that's largely gone for most. It's a numbers game and there are simply very few opportunities to move upward compared to decades ago.
If you don't receive increased financial stability and compounding earning potential, then most will opt for something else.
There's still opportunity in a handful of sectors like finance/banking but it's few and far between overall. Companies now employ based on cutting costs, gender equality, social justice, diversity, etc. You can be an outstanding, top performer and be bypassed by Shaniqua because pink haired HR exec says so.