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Expectations are something we all encounter Some of us rise up to them and reach beyond those that are set some of us ignore the expectations that are constantly brought up in society and some people cringe at the thought of even trying to meet them From the day that I was born my parents told me that averagemeeting societies criteria for everything-- was not good enough I grew up in an environment that was full of expectations My parents set a high standard of performance for everything that I became involved in and demanded they be met My parents pushed me to the brimming edge of my potential in order to get near perfection out of meand that is what they got Once they started me on the path for achievement it was the only thing they accepted from then on They chose to measure my life on the success that I obtained rather than a plethora of other factors This began to put tremendous pressure on me Both my brother and I love our parents very much and so we hesitate to ever disappoint them I personally take their high expectations as a challenge We began speeding down the path they created meeting all expectations with no signs of stopping They cheered and then raised the bar to another level As we continued to succeed they continued to demand more I was still young when the pressures of their expectations got to my brother he broke down during his senior year in high school He gave up trying and lost that drive for achievement that had been installed in him My brother went from being a near perfect student and great athlete to a C student he barely got off to college He fell to just average His sudden change was a surprise to all of us We could not believe it happened I stood by while my parents turned their full
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