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I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
-- John D. Rockefeller


Saturday, May 15, 1999


When you treat people as if they’re no good, they’ll prove you right almost every time. Expectations make a significant difference in performance and results.

What do you expect of yourself? What do you expect of others? Expectations are often a self-fulfilling prophecy. So it makes sense to expect the very best.

Is that reasonable when past experience proves otherwise? Yes, because people can change. You can change. And the beginning of that change is often a change in expectations. The way to get the best out of yourself and others is to expect the best.

No matter how disappointed you’ve been in the past, with yourself or with someone else, the way to start getting positive results is with positive expectations. Expect the best. Proceed under the assumption that you’ll get the best, from yourself and others, and you’re well on your way to getting it.

— Ralph Marston

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