Ambition is misunderstood

Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

Ambition is often misunderstood.

In the world of work —  the notion of personal ambition seems to be either maligned, stifled or glorified. There is no in-between. No shades of gray, where we can meld our duties with the need to manifest our ambitions within our work.

In fact, I’ve observed that personal ambition is offered a very narrow lane. Only accepted for the likes of tech founders or CEOs. For the rest of us, the connotation is murky. Often negative and rarely supported.

Ambition should be embraced in so many more situations — and in many more of us. (It is the root, the spark, of so many great things.) We’ve all suffered through periods of time that we could label as a “crisis of contribution”. The place where we are unmotivated and disengaged, Where hat we envision to accomplish through applying our strengths — just doesn’t align with our work.

I’m convinced it is ambition grumbling to do more.

Waiting for its chance in the sun.

The chance to do great things.

Ambition should be reckoned with.

It is not always synonymous with greed or selfishness.

And it isn’t always blind.

Want to read more about ambition? See a great list here.
I enjoyed this one:

Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.


3 thoughts on “Ambition is misunderstood

  1. Great opening line, “ambition is often misunderstood”. My ambition is to meld my duties and responsibilities with the need to manifest my ambitions with work and life. It is a choice to lead my life this way.


  2. That picture is a perfect illustration of the “price” ambitious people often pay. Achievers and above average individuals are often finding themselves away from the “crowd”! You can’t achieve different results if you do the same things everyone else does, but that loneliness of being different is a big sacrifice sometimes, and many of those time the ambitious but selfless mind can question, “Is it really worth it?”


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