There’s a quote in Adam Grant’s excellent book, Originals, that stands out – particularly when read through the eyes of an educator:
“In the deepest sense of the word, a friend is someone who sees more potential in you than you see in yourself, someone who helps you become the best version of yourself.”
This is not just true of friends.
In the deepest sense of the term, a great teacher is someone who sees more potential in their students than their students see in themselves, someone who helps their students become the best version of themselves.
That is our goal.