Ambition is often misunderstood.
In fact, it has suffered an image problem in recent years.
In the world of work, the notion of personal ambition seems to be either 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 with our work.
In fact, 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.
Ambition should be embraced in many more situations. It is the root of so many great things. It is not always synonymous with greed or selfishness.
We’ve all suffered through periods of time that we could label as a “crisis of contribution”. In many cases, what we envision to accomplish through applying our strengths — 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 isn’t always blind.
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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.