In both work and social spheres I regularly encounter people who spend much of their time trying to reconcile life to their expectations. Often you find that their expectations are based on a long list of should-be scenarios. For example:
By 21 I should have my university degree.
By 25 I should be making an X amount of money.
I’m smarter/prettier than her. No way should she be picked over me.
People say it’s very difficult to marry when you’re older, so I should be married before I turn 30.
My friend summited Mount Kilimanjaro in six days, so I should take no longer than that.
It took Facebook eight years since inception to list on a public stock exchange, so my company should aim for something similar.