Did you get caught?

Elementary school teachers need to pick their battles with children. Kids misbehave all the time, but it’s exhausting for a teacher to punish everything.

The police don’t stop people for speeding unless it’s serious. Your coach doesn’t yell at you every time you don’t try. Your boss doesn’t confront you if you show up five minutes late. Same reason — it’s emotionally draining.

But they remember when you cut corners. They remember every time. Soon you have a reputation as someone who takes the easy route. Soon, you have a reputation as being an unreliable person.

Soon, you are an unreliable person. And you’re not even aware of it.

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