Are You Superhuman?

by Krantcents · 24 comments

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Are you superhuman?  Do you know what that word means?  If you are superhuman, you have qualities that are greater and more impressive than those of an ordinary person.     Am I talking about genetic modification, cybernetic implants, evolution or just exceeding expectations?   What happens, if you or your boss have unreasonable expectations?

Antithesis

If you are faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound, you probably are superman.  You may not be superman, but everyone expects you to be!  Do we have unreasonable expectations of people?  The short answer is yes!  You are expected to work long hours, accomplish the work of two or three people and happy with whatever money they pay you.

Clear Expectations?

Are these unreasonable expectations?  The demands of work go way beyond working long hours, dealing with unreasonable people and pleasing unreasonable bosses.  It is when pressure turns into stress and much more.  You may even have a personal life, family and other things that you need to do.  In this economy, there are people who want your job and some of them may even work in the same company.  Young single people are building a future, but want to have a life outside of work too.

What can you do, if your boss works unbelievable hours?  In this mobile world, you can work from home on vacation, at night and weekends.  Is there a payoff for all this hard work?  There has to be, otherwise you should quit and move on!  There is always someone willing to work harder, longer and better than you.  Why not, the money or reward is good or you wouldn’t do it.  Wall Street is an excellent example of rewards that are over the top.  Do you know what you have to do to earn it?

It helps to go to a top ten (10) school.  It may even take a MBA from a top ten (10) school too.  A sixty to seventy hour work week is common and late nights are the rule.  Wall Street investment firms make their money doing deals that have time requirements and long hours are just part of it.  Is this unreasonable?  I do not think so because it is well known before you join the firm.  When the seven figure bonuses are paid there will be more smiles than frowns.

Where or when does it stop?

Unreasonable expectations in your career are sort of expected, particularly in a tough economy.  You definitely expect it in the high demand industries and careers.  I do not expect it in my personal life.  My doctor’s office, and other professionals call to remind me of an appointment.  It is a nice courtesy and it helps the office that does it.  It avoids “no shows”.  It takes time and people to do that little courtesy and adds costs to the office.   We are used to these little things and begin to expect it.  Shouldn’t we all take responsibility for ourselves?

What do you expect in terms of service at a restaurant?  Is it enough to take your order and give it to you within a reasonable time?  You realize that everything must work well in the kitchen for that to happen.  Do you expect the wait staff to make things happen despite the chaos?  In addition, the staff needs to anticipate your every need and perform superbly for the tip.  Is this unreasonable?  Good service is a lost art and all it takes is one bad night, you may not return.

Do you have unreasonable expectations?  I think we become conditioned to expect more of people since we are expected to perform at lofty heights.  When I spend more for something, I expect more because I justified the higher cost for quality.  The service should be different at the expensive restaurant versus the diner.  When I have dinner in New York, I tell the waiter I have tickets for a show.  They always take care of me and I take care of them in my tip.  That is an expected service in that area.

Final Thoughts

Early in my career, unreasonable expectations were challenges that I loved.  I viewed these challenges as something that made my job more interesting.  I think successful people set their own expectations rather waiting for others.   These expectations are growing faster and higher than is reasonable.  It was accelerated by the recession because companies had to do with less people and resources to cope with the decreased demand.  That is almost over and things will change as more opportunities begin to appear.  I expect that unreasonable expectations will continue because it is part of society now.  Tell me what you think in the comments.   Are you superhuman?

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{ 24 comments }

david May 23, 2012 at 6:43 am

I think the basic rule of thumb should be to hold myself to high standards but to be lenient when ‘judging’ others.

It’s not a good idea to judge. If you have a mindset where you can handle life’s situations while remain light hearted, that is a good thing.

You sure will be tested in this world!

bosses with unreasonable expectations often do not remain bosses. When enough lower level people complaint to upper management, they won’t want to keep that ‘boss’ – particularly if he is destroying moral and motivation

Krantcents May 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

Steve Jobs was a driver of unreasonable expectations, yet his employees met them. I think many companies and bosses have had unreasonable expectation with fewer employees during the last few years. I think it was always there, but became worse recently.

JW @ AllThingsFinance May 23, 2012 at 7:43 am

I completely agree that successful people set their own expectations. Often, I’m much harder on myself than others who measure me. I believe that’s because we are the only ones completely aware of our own limitations and people with drive are disappointed when they are not successful at something that are capable of doing.

Krantcents May 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

Very true! Pushing your limits helps you learn what you are capable of doing. If you never test yourself you are not growing.

Dannielle @ Odd Cents May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Articles like these keep me motivated and determined to reach my goals. I’ve been procrastinating for too long, and now is the time to put my ideas to work.

Krantcents May 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thanks! For me goals are things I want or need to accomplish which is my motivation. If it isn’t something that is important to you, it is hard to achieve it.

Lance@MoneyLife&More May 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I graduated into the superhuman workforce of do less with more. It will be interesting to see what happens when the economy starts rolling again. My goal is to always get as much done as possible and do the best job I can.

Krantcents May 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

A lot of companies are asking employees for years to do so much! When the economy opens up, I think there will be a lot of people who will leave or negotiate for more money.

SB @ One Cent At A Time May 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

A super human possess power like non another. We can do what we can do. I dont think corporate pressure is easing a bit.

Krantcents May 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

Higher expectations for fewer employees is a bad recipe. You can’t work this hard forever without a reward. When the economy picks up, I expect there will be a lot of people will leave for better opportunities.

Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths May 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

I feel that a lot of people are doing more than whats needed because they dont want to lose their jobs. The standards are a lot higher than before.

Krantcents May 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

Isn’t fear a motivator! I don’t think it is a particularly good motivator though. The so called standards are just unreasonable expectations.

Christa May 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I agree that we have been expected to perform at superhuman levels ever since the recession in order to retain our jobs. But I think we can begin to change that mentality back to one that is more sustainable. No one can be a superhuman worker forever, and businesses will begin to realize that as we move forward into a more stable economy. It will take time, but I do believe it will turn around.

Krantcents May 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

If the super human worker is not rewarded with promotion and/or compensation, the good ones will leave. If enough people leave, it may change the environment. I am not sure that companies will change back to the way it was anytime soon because of the increased profits.

Buck Inspire May 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I am not superhuman so I have to remind myself to worry about the things I can control. As for unrealistic expectations, you can take it down, rise to meet the challenge, or move on!

Krantcents May 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

It sensible to me! I think companies that cut back on staff expect each employee to act like two in terms of productivity.

Darwin's Money May 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

My company constantly sets objectives that are completely unachievable (as if we’re superhuman). This serves a few purposes I think. For one, it pushes people to do more than they planned (and sometimes they achieve great things), but it also allows the company to say we missed objectives each year so our bonuses aren’t too high LOL.

Krantcents May 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

I am glad you see the humor in unreasonable expectations! :) I believe in stretching and testing individual and group limits, but not so much that it ends up frustrating the participants.

investlike1percent May 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

i can retire, i want to retire, but my goals are too lofty. somewhere and somehow, i think i can reach 100M. what do you do if your goals are superhuman?

love, investlike1percent

Krantcents May 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

That is a problem! Goals are supposed to be realistic. How is your progress? If you are meeting your expectations, go for it.

Broke Professionals May 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My old boss definitely expected me to be superhuman – in a span of 4 years, he fired my TWO assistants, upped me to a 50-hour work week, AND did it all without giving me any type of raise (despite strong annual reviews). Now, I’m superhuman because *I* make all my decisions and know what I deserve! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Krantcents May 28, 2012 at 7:07 am

This experience made you a better person and you are doing it for yourself! If you are going to work that hard, you might as well do it for yourself.

surajit roy May 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

I can found out the specific words whatever you want to search amongst millions of words faster than ever i seen anybody. like there is so many words in a page, you want to find out the specific words or a word, i can show you finding these in fastest speed than any human being.
I don’t know is it any superhuman features or not. Yet just i expressed my feelings.
Thanks…

Krantcents May 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

Mastery of words is important, although less may be more.

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