Thursday, February 25, 2010


It seems that every week a headline comes out that "-x- has unexpectedly -y-." This week it was again about unemployment numbers (unexpectedly high -  Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 496,000. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a drop to 455,000).  Where do the expectations come from?  Is it that only right on numbers are not unexpectedly?

If I expect taxes to rise under P.O. by 25%; if they actually raise 27% or 23%, is that unexpected?  Is there no randomness in unexpectedly?

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” Charles F. Kettering

“Anger always comes from frustrated expectations”  Elliott Larson

“I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.”  Fritz Perls 

“The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.” Eli Khamarov

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” Confucius

expectation (n) a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future  • a belief that someone will or should achieve something • ( expectations) archaic one's prospects of inheritance

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