If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. (Michael Jordan, former all-star athlete)

Jordan failed to make the basketball team when he was a sophomore in high school. At 5’11” he was too short, they thought, so the expectations for his athletic career were not very high. Wow, was that ever a mistake! Still acclaimed by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, his advice to ignore the expectations of others is valid. Set your own goals for achievement.

And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us (2 Corinthians 8:5).