Enlightening Bhagavad Gita and expectation management

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Bhagavad Gita

Profound statement in Bhagavad Gita

Most of our actions and conversations will revolve around negotiating the expectations of others whether it is about relationships or money or something else.

The expectation is a keyword that can either make or break you.

Having fewer expectations is the safest way to avoid trouble in relationships or in life.

However not having expectations is a no-win scenario which is against nature.

It is positive to have higher expectations; however, it introduces the word risk in some scenarios.

Entrepreneurs are well aware of the risk involved with higher expectations, because they need more investment and manpower, and the end result can be unpredictable, and at times heartbreaking.

The most profound philosophical statement with respect to the above is found in the Bhagavad Gita

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.”

People who are not well versed in Vedanta and Upanishads often misunderstand the statement “but never to the fruit of work”; it means that no matter how convinced you are, it is highly unlikely to always get the expected results, even for laws of physics that have fundamental assumptions and expected constants to be in place to make the law work as expected.

Also please check “Change is constant