"Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm"
- David Rockefeller
About this Quote
This quote by David Rockefeller talks to the high expectations that were placed on him as the eldest kid and heir apparent of the Rockefeller household. His father set the bar high for what it suggested to be a Rockefeller, and as an outcome, David felt that any accomplishment he made was taken for granted which perfection was the standard. This quote speaks with the pressure that features being part of a wealthy and effective family, and the expectations that come with it. It also speaks to the concept that perfection is typically expected of those in positions of power and advantage, which anything less than perfection is not appropriate. This quote is a suggestion that even those with immense benefit and power can feel the pressure to carry out and live up to expectations.
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