Unexpecting the Expected
We all have expectations of what we want to accomplish. Sometimes it involves expectations for ourselves and sometimes for others.
Either way, the more you are set on achieving your expected result, the more disappointed you can feel when you don’t get what you hope for.
If you’re hoping to launch a highly successful video game, like the company Tiny Speck tried to do, it’s disappointing when you can’t even get it out of beta. (more on that in a second)
It is easy to feel like a failure when you don’t meet your expectations. I feel that way a lot because I have high expectations for myself, oftentimes higher than I can achieve.
But the path to success is littered with twists and turns and more than a few ego-deflating spikes in the road. And the vision you have for your success is often quite different from the reality of what you achieve.
But you aren’t a failure. Failing is the unwillingness to even start the journey. Once you start towards your goal, whatever your goal may be, your only real failure is letting expectations get in the way of success.
It’s time for you to unexpect the expected.
It’s easy to believe that your expectations are a GPS system guiding you toward your ultimate destination. They aren’t. They are more of a suggested direction toward an unknown horizon.
There is something grand at the end of the road on the journey to meet your goals, it just may not be what you expected.
Take that company Tiny Speck that I mentioned up above. Their video game, Glitch, didn’t last for much more than a year before it was trashed. But what did last was Linefeed, the internal messaging system they had created. When the game was closed down, the Tiny Speck leaders realized that their communication tool was pretty darn good. So they changed the name, released the product, and changed the world.
And that’s how Slack was created. By failure.
If you think you’ve got failure in your life, it’s time to look again. I guarantee there is success hidden in the corners of your disappointment. Remember, you don’t uncover a diamond without a lump of coal.