I am currently reading Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons by Eric Davis and I recommend this book for fathers of boys and girls.
A valuable nugget I stumbled upon while reading this morning was an old Navy SEAL saying that went like this, “We do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”
The quote seemed a little vague but as I mauled it over in my mind, it began to make some sense. The expectations and dreams on our wishlists aren’t worth much if we aren’t putting in the work needed to actualize them.
In the end, having lofty expectations or ambitions is not how we rise. We rise by work.