I’m failing at least three of their criteria, but am trying to understand the use of “highly motivated” in this sentence. I don’t think it is meant to modify “U.S. citizens”, but that leaves the question whether one can be highly motivated in general? Doesn’t motivation need some kind of objective or direction? Perhaps this means I’m missing a fourth criterion, too: proficiency in the English language...
A quick search does in fact turn up a vast industry that promises to make anybody highly motivated in general, relying heavily on scenic posters.
Haha - good spot. I'd say that is American-speak for "This role is going to be extremely tough and if you are in any way fragile or a quitter, don't bother applying."
We (or at least a subsegment of us) tend to frame things in the positive, but there can be an underlying word of caution or even a direct/indirect warning.
It's obvious to me and I see it every day, but true that some cultures would just say - "This would be a horrible hardship experience, so don't even think about applying."
And then who would apply?
True masochists and a few Vikings, I suppose. : D