Expectations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s fun to imagine all the wonderful scenarios that might play out in real life. On the other hand, if your expectations are a tad on the unrealistic side, they can completely wreck your emotional state when you step down from your daydreams and come face to face with reality.

But what about fairly realistic expectations? Surely, if somebody advertises a product or a service, the customer can expect to get exactly what they pay for… right? Spoiler alert: oh, dear Lord, no! TikTok users have been uploading videos showing the huge differences between what they (un)realistically wanted and what they got. From clothes to dog haircuts and more.

People have been adding TikTok user Keelyknight aka Madeline’s audio (where she’s crying because of the nails she got) to their own videos, and we’ve collected some of the best ones for you to watch, dear Pandas. Have a look, upvote your fave vids, and be sure to let us know which ones were your favorite, why, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation yourselves.

@kneelyknightThis was the worst experience I’ve ever had. #nails #help #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound - Madeline

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Marianne
Community Member
4 months ago

That one's really bad! They should sue the hairdresser.

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
Community Member
4 months ago

Nightmare inducing

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When it comes to getting something we totally didn’t want, there are two aspects that you have to consider. The actual quality of the service and managing your own expectations so that you don’t end up being constantly disappointed.

The first aspect is fairly straightforward, even though it might not be easy to get around. If the product or service you’ve received doesn’t meet your standards of quality or what’s been advertised, then you’ve got to ask for a refund. Complain! Often and loudly.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh no... it will look better once you bush it out but that ombré is atrocious

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Vic
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4 months ago

Right: before coffee, Left: after coffee

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Obviously, try to be as diplomatic as you can with your complaints—you’re dealing with other human beings after all. And it’s not always the person who’s registering your complaint who was responsible for what you got. So try not to make their life hell and they’ll be more likely to help you out.

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow that is not good

If I could I would live under water
Community Member
4 months ago

This is stupid. I always had a mirror in front of me and the piercer made a mark with a pen before he pierced my ear, asking me if it was the position I wanted. This could never have happened.

Happy Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Plus there is no way she wouldn't realize it the first time. Two times? Not buying it.

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Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

As a piercing nut - what piercer worth their salt would mix up an outer helix and a forward helix piercing (it looks like a forward helix from here)? Or wouldn't ask you to double check the positions? This is wrong, this stuff is meant to be double, triple checked for a reason. I'm going to go for "person who shouldn't be near a piercing needle" for the "piercer" involved.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

A friend did this, for sure. There's no way a professional did this.

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait for the holes to heal up and then go somewhere else

DD
Community Member
4 months ago

This is fake af

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Which part is fake? Her ears are definitely pierced.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
4 months ago

I’m not sure if I believe this— this just looks like an annoying TikTokker trying to get attention. There is absolutely no way a professional piercer did this. It looks like it was done by a friend who had no idea of basic human anatomy or how to even pierce an ear for that matter.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

It has been implied that the comments on the tiktok state that this was not professionally done. I can't check them myself, but I doubt that this is professional.

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bryguy
Community Member
4 months ago

I like how afterwards is part of the quote, "sorry my bad afterwards"

Hogswallop
Community Member
4 months ago

But...when you get a piercing done you approve where they dot you with a pen before they pierce you. That is if you go to a legitimate piercer.

Whitney-Blair Beals
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL. By piercer she means her bestie and a safety pin.

Samantha Hurrell
Community Member
4 months ago

There's no way a professional piercer would mix the two different types of piercings up, they'd have also checked before using the needle (or gun if that's the way they worked). When I had my helix done, it was marked in pen first and I had to verify I was happy with the location.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

Any piercer that uses a piercing gun is not a professional piercer

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Your_local_introvert
Community Member
4 months ago

um- I call BS mainly because you can just put the earrings in the other way... They're just in her ears backwards.

I want cake
Community Member
4 months ago

No, if they put the earrings in the other way round the fastening would sit on top of the ear, it's supposed to be behind it.

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Marianne
Community Member
4 months ago

She should let them grow closed and get new holes at a different place.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
4 months ago

Take them out ASAP and let the holes grow shut - try again with a different Piercer

Billy The Kid
Community Member
4 months ago

Can always take them out and put them in the other way

TheReader19
Community Member
4 months ago

If the pierced does this then they shouldn't have a license

MangleTangle
Community Member
4 months ago

Once you get the studs out you can switch sides

ALonelyHeart
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, so where were you and this was happening?

Dodo
Community Member
3 months ago

I wanted an industrial piercing (similar placing) and was told my ear was the wrong shape for it. Your ear is *definitely* the wrong shape for that piercing, someone should have told you.

Lisa Hoffmeyer
Community Member
4 months ago

In all fairness,your ears are not the right shape at the top to make it work. You'd have had to wear massive earrings to see you had piercings there. Next time take that into account. That said,the piercer should have told you that.

Stacey Kopp Merrill Bentz
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone just put the earrings in backwards. If they're put in the front holes, their exactly how they should be!

Sarah watson
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder if this was done in a piercing studio with actual clamps and needles and body jewelry, or if the "piercer" is a Claire's employee not trained in Jack s**t, using a piercing gun that cannot be completely sterilized between people, and can shatter cartilage. #BanPiercingGuns

Sharon Fouke
Community Member
4 months ago

Really did this person go to a shop down a dark alley?

Slune
Community Member
4 months ago

Body harming,

4848532
Community Member
4 months ago

This piercer guy must've skipped kindergarten on the day that the difference between "outside" and "inside" was learned. :-|

Gabunya Matata
Community Member
4 months ago

by the way it looks i'd assume it was also done with a gun.... it wouldn't swell this much if it was done with a needle would it..

Heather Hannaford
Community Member
4 months ago

Did he put on a blindfold before he put the studs in? That looks painful af!

Chris
Community Member
4 months ago

This doesn't exactly look wrong it is just the studs are on the outter part rather than inside so just turn them around.

Piglet
Community Member
4 months ago

Wrong shaped ear for the piercings they wanted. Unfortunately, we can't choose our ear shape (without surgery).

Jonathan English
Community Member
4 months ago

Could ya not just turn them around so the sparkling bits are on the inside of the ear........

Jess Hoffman
Community Member
4 months ago

How did you think you were going to pull off those earring placements with your earlobes?!?!? They're way too thick is that spot for what you wanted.

Mama Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

How could you not know where he was piercing on the first one? Didn't you feel it? Didn't he show you or didn't you demand to see the first one? I feel like this is both of your faults.

Molly A. Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Come on. She KNEW where those studs were being put! This is b.s. You don't end up with TWO in the wrong area, no effing way. And besides, they look like they've been there a really long time. Anyhow, that area of the ear hurts a hell of a lot less than piercing through cartilage, like they did in the 'want' photo. Consider herself lucky, I say.

Heather Menard
Community Member
4 months ago

They didn't even get the ear

Alasdair Cruickshank
Community Member
4 months ago

There is no way she did not feel that being done in the wrong place. Those are off by over a centimetre and the ears are packed with nerves so she would have felt that was not the right place.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Wait, what? 1. couldn't you TELL he was piercing the wrong place? (definitely NOT blaming the victim here) and 2 was he BLIND?!?

Shylainpei
Community Member
4 months ago

Not buying it!

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't know how this could happen.

Veronica Vatter
Community Member
4 months ago

Pull them out and get a refund. They will heal in a week or so

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
4 months ago

After they’ve healed you can reverse the post.

Cindy Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

Was she DRUNK?!

Deborah Coalter
Community Member
4 months ago

Ouchie

The Redhead
Community Member
4 months ago

How does someone even make that mistake!? I once peirced my second ear holes one evening with a needle after I had too much wine; and it came out much better than that.

Granny
Community Member
4 months ago

OUCCCCHHHH

Batwench
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s not even in the right part of the ear.

Zelda Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

What an idiot.

Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Ouch.

23AClark
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh damn.

Vasana Phong
Community Member
4 months ago

That is way off, was he sober?

Lylan Daina
Community Member
4 months ago

The piercer should have told her: your ears are not suitable for this. I have those piercings.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

Her ears are suitable if the piercer had placed them in the correct spot. The piercing she is looking for is a flat helix, they are not placed at the top of the ear. She has the anatomy for a correctly placed flat helix.

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Persp Gold
Community Member
4 months ago

the ear sharply is really different, otherwise just switch direction after it heals some

Boodah Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

turn them tf around.......

Michael Sanders
Community Member
4 months ago

Well the studs are just on the wrong side no? Reverse them. Earring are movable last I saw. Also those ears were never meant to pull this off. Poor girls gotta damn awning on the top of her ears.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

No. They are too far forward and placed at the top of the ear. The piercing she wanted is placed further back. Her ears are a perfectly fine shape for a helix piercing in the correct place.

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Little Wonder
Community Member
4 months ago

My jaw actually dropped!

Anita Pickle
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay... After the first one wouldn't you have noticed the needle did not go where it was supposed to go? I would think you would feel this and want to look in a mirror before the second one.

Amy Eales
Community Member
4 months ago

This is bullshit because you would a) feel it and b) see where the person was planning on putting it. They literally hand you a mirror and ask if you're cool with the placement.

Sam Kunz
Community Member
4 months ago

If that part of her ear weren't so big, she could just turn them around

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

They are in the wrong place entirely, ther is nothing that can fix it except taking these out and having them done correctly by someone who actually knows what thy are doing.

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Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
4 months ago

OH HELLFUCK NO

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

That's when you get the manager involved. Those should have been removed immediately so they could heal and she could get them done correctly elsewhere.

Dragoniix
Community Member
4 months ago

that is kinda horrifying :(

Juan Alcorta
Community Member
4 months ago

What if you just put the earings the other way?

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

Then you still have incorrectly placed piercings done badly but you put the jewellery upside down.

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Alexis
Community Member
4 months ago

I have not been to a piercer who doesn't ask me to double-check the location he/she marked in the mirror before the actual piercing. Just saying. I have even asked a piercer to mark out a few positions higher/lower before I make up my mind. I find this hard to believe.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

This is why a lot of people think it's not professionally done.

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Jade Lynn - Panda's Brat
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you have this done at Claire's or Ardene's? Jeeesh

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
4 months ago

Technically she doesn't have the ears for that. She would have to do them lower, and yes I would definitely A) not pay and B) may be going to court for that one or at the very least letting them close and then making them pay another piercer to do it correctly. My question is how this happened though because EVERY piercing I have ever gotten they mark it first and you have to approve.

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

She does, the piercing she was given is in the wrong place - the "lower" position is the correct placement for the piercing she wanted.

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Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a cartilage piercing get infected once. I went to a different piercer after that - I've found the ones in tattoo shops really know what they're doing.

I want cake
Community Member
4 months ago

I've just realised, those aren't even the kinds of earrings a piercer would use.

I want cake
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

OK but a piercer should make dots where they plan to pierce and have the client check before doing anything permanent. If a piercer immediately goes for the equipment, that's a huge red flag.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
4 months ago

THAT is sue-able.

Unknown User
Community Member
4 months ago

i feel like that would hurt sould badly

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
4 months ago

Tf

FABULOUS1
Community Member
4 months ago

Shouldnt she of felt were the piercing was going after the first one?

Mark Serbian, PK&RG,W
Community Member
4 months ago

"My bad" ... Oh! Well, that makes it OK then...

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

Ay ay ay ay ay!!! That hurts...

Amy Begun Saab
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, at least she can take the earrings out so the holes will close and then go somewhere else

Cupcake168
Community Member
4 months ago

😳 What is their actual profession? Farrier?

Petra Christovová
Community Member
4 months ago

That ear edema was a bonus.

CatWoman312
Community Member
4 months ago

Make sure your local piercer isn’t drunk or high during piercings

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s when you draw on your ear for them. 🤦🏽‍♀️

*me*
Community Member
4 months ago

DONT go to him. He needs some practice

Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow. He should not be in that career.

FatRabbit
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you not feel it going in? I got piercings and i don't buy it

crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
4 months ago

how?

Jude Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you not notice that they were piercing the wrong side. Did you not say something. An idiot you are.

Bear42212
Community Member
4 months ago

A rude person you are

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Manideepa Banerjee
Community Member
4 months ago

He completely pierced the wrong part of your ear. He should be sued and fined for that.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

Ouch!

Anne
Community Member
4 months ago

If your ears don't look like the example, don't expect the same result.. also.. if you turn the earrings the other way around, you get a similar placement. But your ear is different so it will not look so "cutesy" - more hidden in the fold

Kira Okah
Community Member
4 months ago

The example picture is a flat helix, it's further down the ear than hers, not placed correctly at all.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

That piercer should be sacked, how did he become a piercer in the first place. First they are in the wrong spot and second reputable piercers wouldn't do both at the same time.

Monday
Community Member
4 months ago

Keyword there is reputable, in the original post the girl admits she went to a sketchy tattoo shop for the piercing.

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Alexandra Nara
Community Member
4 months ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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4 months ago

When family confound homescooling and homeoffice

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If a company has a genuine customer-first policy in play, they’ll take serious complaints, well, seriously. They’ll hear you out, offer you support, follow up on your complaint, and do whatever they can to make up for their mistake. But we all know that far from every company is willing to be so friendly and instead has a “profit comes first, collateral damage is all right” kind of mentality.

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Vic
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The cake is blue. The element of surprise is gone.

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Looks like you're wearing a silk pillowcase.

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Consider seeking legal aid if the product was especially expensive or if you, your loved ones, or your pets suffered because of what happened. If somebody’s blatantly advertising something that’s clearly false as a way to make a quick buck, then you’ve got to do your part in putting an end to it.

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Friday
Community Member
4 months ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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4 months ago

Utterly terrifying

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However, there’s that pesky second aspect when it comes to not getting what we wanted. And that all comes down to our expectations. Sometimes, what we want is so perfect, requires so much skill and craftsmanship, that not everyone can fulfill our orders. In those cases, what we envision and what the local craftspeople can provide simply don’t sync up. Or, to put it more bluntly, you get what you pay for.

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

I can’t even fathom the thought process in thinking these were remotely similar. How to people get away with this?

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

I don’t even know how you mess up that bad

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Alexandra Nara
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4 months ago

Was the rug to fly with included?

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Don’t expect your nails to look like a model’s when you’re getting them done at a discount store at your local mall. Similarly, you can’t expect a newbie dog groomer to get the same results as a grandmaster with decades of experience: they’ll do their best but you simply can’t expect them to perform according to your imaginary expectations.

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James016
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4 months ago

It's presciousssssss

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Troux
Community Member
4 months ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Clearly the model was 9feet tall

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In life, it’s best to do your very best to get the result that you want and then relinquish any and all expectations. You did your best. Well done! Now sit back and don’t fret, find something else to do. If you get what you want, fantastic. If not, no big deal—you’ll try again later. Maybe with a different tactic in mind.

Having low expectations is a healthy mindset, similar to the one where you’re encouraged to do good things for people without expecting anything in return. Life has a pleasant way of surprising us when we’re not desperate, needy, and whiny.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The groomer gave you a brand new, completely different dog.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I like gingham, but that's a picnic table cloth.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Funny. We've got exactly the same. We chose the size we wanted though.

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PsychCentral explains that the first step in relinquishing unrealistic expectations is being able to spot them. Of course, that’s easier said than done because we may have had certain expectations for years and years. And a lot of it’s connected to our desire to maintain control over everything.

Some examples of completely unrealistic expectations include the beliefs that everyone should like you and that the world should be fair. We simply can’t have that kind of control over the world (well, unless we’re a superhero, the Emperor of the Universe, or a member of the Greek Pantheon).

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
4 months ago

All you would have to do to get that sort of hair is go to sleep and wake up

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Susan Green
Community Member
4 months ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
Community Member
4 months ago

At least there's still enough length to get it fixed. Must be awfully frustrating though.

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Similarly, if we’re constantly disappointed by results and not having our expectations met every step of the way, well, maybe it’s time to analyze them in detail. Spend the weekend looking at your belief structures.

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Sandra
Community Member
4 months ago

Besides the fact it is not what she wanted... Is it only me or the hair looks burnt?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
Community Member
4 months ago

Well to be honest, it is difficult to get the same result if you have a totally different hair type...

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Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Give yourself permission to not have everything go perfectly. Embrace flexibility. That doesn’t mean giving up your high standards (quality is good stuff, people), but you have to be relatively down to earth. Otherwise, you’ll spend the rest of your life making wanted vs. got TikTok videos.