Lowering Expectations

Many people, during my lifetime, have underestimated me. I really like when they do that. It gives me an upperhand. Whichever President used the term “Shock and Awe” . . . yeah, I get to do that. The looks on their faces is payment enough.

However, I also often deliberately lower people’s expectations. My friends think I can’t cook well. They actually believe that. Guess who never has to host a dinner party (do folks even do that these days?).

I’ve walked into intervews visually a bundle of nerves. I’ve sat down and declared before the interviewer even begins, “I don’t interview well.” I usually get the job.

Lowering expectations is also a way to get others to do things for you. Some are show and tell, as in getting out a light bulb when one of my sons is visiting, and then standing and staring at the ceiling light as if trying to figure out how to reach it. All my sons are at least six feet tall. One is 6 ft 5 inches tall. They can change a light bulb without even standing on anything. It takes thirty seconds tops to get one to ask if I want them to do that for me?

Another way is asking someone if they know how to do something .  .  . as if you don’t.

Try it sometime. Pretend like you can’t do something and then step back and watch someone do it for you.

Manipulative much? Who me? No, I wouldn’t know how.

Oh, and the Shock and Awe President? That was President George W. Bush in 2003.




About msplayful

I am someone who finds life humorous and often share my views with friends and co-workers. Since I've been told I should be a stand-up comedian, I thought I'd see how well I could do at writing funny things that happen, or that happen in my head.
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