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GREAT EXPECTATIONS .. the mother of disappointment?

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

All of us may have had this experience of expecting the worst, from a given situation, but instead coming out with a surprisingly positive conclusion.

This is indeed the basic premise of the 'Ugly Duckling' story or the 'Cinderella' phenomenon where the relative underdog wins the day beating steep odds.

Of course, our deepest disappointments often follow high expectations. And to quote Robert Burns the poet 'The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry'.

According to author Steve Maraboli, choose sensibly 'I am not saying it's wrong to plan for the future. I am warning not to make today a victim of those plans'.

The difference is pragmatism which is to know that sometimes things go wrong and no matter how hard you try but you need to work to make things right again.

We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law - at least we think we are: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” And it does come up during our least fortunate coincidences.

Joe Bernstein calls Murphy's law an extremely useful engineering principle. We just need to pick it apart to realize it’s pretty deep and not very coincidental.

He states that there is a need to re-frame the law since for designers' it helps plan better if you know if something can be used incorrectly, eventually it will !

Let us plan well, have a Plan A, B or C, rather than saying that we don't have a plan so nothing can go wrong ! You also have THE SECOND OPINION to help you.

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