Expectations May Be Toxic, But They’re Also Foundational

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The key to happiness is having Zero Expectations.

So says Gary Vaynerchuck.

But something about that has never quite sat right with me.

And I’ve just worked out what it is.

You see, Expectations are Foundational.

From a very early age we learn to expect that if we cry long enough and loud enough, we’ll either get our nappy changed or get some food.

We’ve learned that if we’re good, we can expect Santa Claus to bring us nice presents at Christmas.

We expect that buying a product or service will deliver some specific benefits.

I would suggest that without expectations, society fails.

So, I believe we must have expectations.

The key to happiness then, is having expectations…but then learning to live with and accept the disappointment we will have if those expectations are not met.

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