There is a lot of discussion surrounding the notion of having no expectations. In theory having no expectations is a way to be more objective with yourself and in dealing with others. It means taking action because you want to and not expecting others to do the same or even recognizing your effort, because they too are doing what they want.
So magically by everyone doing want they want everyone will be objectively happy.
There is a problem here called dissatisfaction or even disappointment.
No matter how objective you are, when another person carries a bigger load because they “want to” resentment can set in leading to martyrdom where no one is happy. So no expectations only works when everyone ‘s efforts are balanced and working toward a common goal.
The real problem with expectations is not disappointment as much as it creates the realization of imbalance. You see, an expectation is an ego based projection: “I do, ergo, so should you.” In our magic balanced world, everyone would do because it is the right thing to do at the right time done in the right way.
Having a preference and understanding your own responsibility to maintain your preference without holding others responsible for it is a very important fulcrum. Expectations are faulty “I want you to be like me, want the same things as me.” thoughts.
So have your preferences, and make your goals known, vivid and interesting so that others contribute in a way that is true to them. Find success without imposing on others. See your success as a product you have to sell, to get others to buy in. Your job, because you want it, is to succeed, so sell it to those around you and work with those who buy in.