There's an old truth about management, coaching, and all sorts of relationships:

When a person stops getting impassioned or upset about a problem, it means they've given up on it.

If your coach stops yelling at you to train harder…if your boss doesn't mention anything when you start to come in an hour late to work and leave an hour early…if your parents don't get disappointed when you get a lousy grade in school…

Those are signs that they've given up on you.

So if you feel like you're getting yelled at, or chewed out, or pushed to your limits, remember it's 1) because they still care, and 2) a lot better than the alternative where the world has given up on you.

Thought Partner: Jen Koffel