In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This is the age of entitlement, and few things cause more difficulty for college graduates today than unreasonable expectations and overreaching self-esteem.
Self-esteem, as it turns out, is not actual ability. That’s why our department changed its mission statement a few years ago from developing confidence to developing credibility. We found that student had lots of confidence. What they needed was reasons for it.