A Higher Standard

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Years ago, you were expected to wear a suit on an airplane. You took your hat off when you entered a building. You held the door for people. These were universal standards regarding how you conducted yourself.

As the years pass, standards lower and sometimes disappear entirely. Exhibit A. There comes a time when we ask ourselves if it's worth holding a higher standard when we're the only ones.

Olympians are not recognized for how low they can jump. Or what's the least amount of hurdles they can clear. The standards are pushed; higher, farther, longer. We cheer for athletes that achieve something never seen before, not for the person who gets the least amount of points in a game.

It may not seem worth it to hold high standards for yourself while everyone around you flounders, but it will be noticed. Maybe by a prospective employer, the people you lead, your friends. They say you should dress for the job you want not the one you have. I suggest having the standards that push people to create the world we want, not the one we have.

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