I learned long ago that my “standards” generally were leaps and bounds above most. I got frustrated when I had to work on or with a team that didn’t live up to them. Adequate was enough. Just getting the job done was enough. I would do twice as much work as colleagues, because only my best was enough. To this day I still hold high standards for myself and others. If you’re going to do a job–do it well. Go beyond just what is expected.
When I was teaching I held my students to my standards. And when they tried to reach them it was amazing what they accomplished. I won’t make apologies for holding high standards. I will always work to make everything I do the best I can.