Ambition is misunderstood


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.

Please note: I’m sharing more frequently — 30 Thoughts for 30 Days!

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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