What happens when we least expect it versus expecting it yesterday?

Amazon book royalties check
First book royalty check from Amazon


Unmet expectations cause all sorts of challenges. Some of them motivating enough to change everything. Some of our unmet expectations help us realize we can never change certain things  – but we can rethink our expectations and let that thing go.

This is called freedom.


Sixth months after publishing Mid Life Celebration on Thanksgiving Day 2013, a modest royalty check arrived a few days ago.

Had wondered (for a long time) when it would arrive, but wasn’t expecting anything.

Especially wasn’t expecting the magnitude of the reality while depositing the first royalty check.

Dreams coming true are often very different when they actually happen.

Have you had some unmet expectation bless or curse you this year?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Congratulations – I know you have a goal or mission for this, and it will go towards meeting that.

    To your question at the end of your posting, I have had several unmet expectations. In the midst of it, it seems like a curse at the moment. But I am waiting to see how the blessing will come down the road.


  2. Bob, your comment acted as a catalyst for a brand new thought.

    What allows people to not quit (and the thought seems like a decent choice at least once a day) is having a clear, concise, and competing vision of the future.

    And here’s the epiphany:

    Without the vision of what the future looks like, every mountain we climb offers us a view in which we then say, “Nah, that’s not it”.

    We need to be clear about what we’re journeying to otherwise the mountain climbing gets old.

    This happens in business all the time.

    This is from personal experience only.

  3. Jeff,

    I do think you are on to something. It reminds me of the Thomas Edison quote about never letting your situations deter you from pursuing your vision. He said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


  4. Exactly – he never waivered from his goal. Each failed attempted empowered him to keep going.

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