One should not have high expectations

Last semester at uni, a lecturer gave one of the silliest statements I’ve ever heard in my entire life.

According to her, one ‘should not have high expectations’. One should ‘lower their expectations’ so as not to get ‘disappointed’.

What in the world??? What a way to educate your students huh?

I’m going to stay out of it this time and let Les Brown argue on my behalf. Have a look at the video below.

Oh, for the record, I’m against my lecturer’s beliefs with every single fiber of my being. I believe that one should always challenge the status quo and improve oneself. Having high expectations of oneself and taking risks are parts of living a life.

By the way, talking about disappointments, expectations, and risks, watch another video below.


Disclaimer: This article is not a specific nor general advice on managing or investing your money. This article does not constitute a recommendation nor does it take into account your investment objectives, financial situation nor particular needs.

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This blog is about the journey of a 28-year-old Malaysian towards financial freedom. This blog was started back when the blogger was 21 years old. However, his journey towards financial freedom had begun way before that. Materials such as investing, business, entrepreneurship, equities, and real estate are presented. The author also posts his thoughts and observations on life in general.


  1. I guess for those who want to be safer, staying in the middle of the spectrum is logical but as per risk tolerance level of the individual.Hence, the enterprising will have more risk appetites to notch up the expectations.

    • Yes, that is true.

      But it’s not right for a teacher to generalise and tell his/her students to not imagine, dream, and have high objectives in life.

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