It’s amazing sometimes what you do and do not remember.
Yesterday, I was talking with a friend about what he remembers from his high school teachers.
One thing I remember distinctly is a Business Law teacher, Mr. Kraft, who often made a big point of telling all of us that we were not going to be rewarded for doing what we were supposed to do.
His example? You will never get pulled over by a police officer and be thanked for driving the speed limit. It’s expected. That’s what you’re supposed to be doing.
You will get praised for going above and beyond expectations, and you will be held accountable for not meeting them. Those are your two sources for attention.
I remember being one of the few in the class who strongly agreed with him and was thankful he said it. Perhaps that’s why I still remember the lesson.