20 of September
2017

Ambition

By Rachael Markovic

What makes someone ambitious? What gives someone the desire to wake up in the morning and decide that they want to achieve something?  Why does an ambitious person feel motivated and determined, instead of content and fulfilled with just enough to get by? What makes these people super achievers?

Ambition is the desire to achieve something, or to succeed, accompanied with motivation, determination and an internal drive.

It seems that most people are content with striving and achieving just enough to meet their daily needs and to attain their desired quality of life–no more, no less. This makes it difficult for business leaders who want to cultivate a winning organization by building a team of achievement hungry go-getters that are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful and achieve greatness.

According to the business dictionary, “ambition describes those that achieve success based on their inner desire to do so and their belief in themselves. ”

My mentor always said to me that ambition cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t. You can be the greatest person at what you do but if you have no drive or desire to do anything with it then you won’t be to succeed on to the next level.

A friend once told me that…

“Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.”

Which reminds me that it’s not just about being good at something but remembering to work towards achieving something better and remaining determined through the process. This is what makes a person a super achiever. 

Awakening Ambition

  1. Mimic Ambition- It is as simple as someone choosing a role model to copy and mimic.
  2. Force-Fed Ambition- You can scare someone into being ambitious. Usually, parents or teachers do this.

Of course, awakening ambition is not the only key to success. Life is a journey through doors and choices that lead down different roads. But at the end of the day, we can choose to be the ambitious people that need both the energy and goals to succeed.

Someone with plenty of energy but no set goals can find themselves pursuing one opportunity after another without achieving success or the satisfaction of getting what they want out of it.

Someone with goals but no energy may find themselves wanting to achieve success, but not willing to do the amount of work that it actually takes to pursue their goals. These are the people that start projects and then quit when the work becomes too much or too hard.

Ambitious people use failures as learning moments to learn from their mistakes. Paul Allen started Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. The two had first started a business called Traf-O-Data, which failed. However, this failure didn’t stop nor get in the way of Allen and Gates pursuing their goals. Allen even said that “even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later.” They used their previous failure to conduct their first success and turned that first product into the operating system called MS-DOS, the precursor to Windows, which is still commonly used in most personal computers today.

So imagine what you can do. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination. You’re the only person who can put limits on your success. You can either be content and fulfilled with what you have or decide to want more for yourself and aim higher. Because if you shoot for the moon, if you miss you’ll end

Ambition isn’t a requirement for success for many people. In fact, many unambitious people would define success as something entirely different. To many people, success is accepting what life has to offer and making the most of it. However, for those who have a particular goal that they want to achieve, ambition is a MUST and absolute necessity. If you want to be the next CEO or billionaire, then you HAVE TO have “the desire to achieve something, or to succeed, accompanied with motivation, determination and an internal drive.”

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