Kevin Drum writes that the lesson of OWS is that hard work no longer is enough to be succesful. I wrote in the comments
I think you are leaving an important portion out of the value proposition kids are hearing. Its not just "work hard and get an education and you will do well." The actual proposition they think they are buying into is "work hard and get an education and work at whatever pleases you and you will do well."
I am reminded of Michelle Obama's plea to graduating college students to not go work in for-profit businesses, but to work for government or NGO's. The problem is that workers, particularly young workers, don't get to define what is productive labor and what is not. You can't go out in the world expecting to work really really hard at puppeteering or for the cause of Mayan feminism and necessarily expect to get paid a lot. In any job, how much you make is determined by how valuable others see that work.
Particularly when you are 22, the work the world needs done and is valuable may very well not be what you want to do. As you get older and more skilled, you often gain more possibilities of monetizing your true interests. I was never really able to work at what I wanted until I was about 40. That does not mean you can't do whatever the hell floats your boat when you are 22. It just means don't expect the world to pay you whatever you want or need for doing it.