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Financial Whirlpools by Karen L. Higgins

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Chapter 5

Visions of Grandeur

Expectations and Behaviors

Expectations are more than the mere anticipation of a boost from a fizzy Coke.… although expectations can make us look foolish from time to time, they are also very powerful and useful.… expectations can influence nearly every aspect of our life.

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Even as a young blacksmith’s apprentice, Pip, the orphan boy in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, longs to improve his lot in life. He wholeheartedly believes it is possible to raise his social class and become wealthy. Pip’s great expectations about a rosy future become reality when a rich benefactor brings him to London to become a gentleman of means. Although in real life we don’t all have a rich benefactor, we humans do share the ...

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