That’s a good word, right? I mean, I’ve never met anyone who said ambition was a bad quality.
Think about it, to have ambition is to have “a desire to achieve something, or succeed, accompanied with motivation, determination, and an internal drive.”
Sounds like a pretty sweet quality, eh? I’d say so!
Tell me something: Would you consider the following 5 people ambitious?
(1) Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon
(2) Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft
(3) Warren Buffett – master investor
(4) Mark Zuckerberg – founder of Facebook
(5) Larry Page – founder of Google.
I certainly would! And funny enough, those are also some of the wealthiest people in the world. Ambition is a quality of a high-achiever. And for that reason, I personally try hard to embody ambition.
Now here’s the interesting part…
… If it seems that ambition is such a great quality, why does it also seem that so many people are quick to shoot down and dismiss the ambitions of others?
So to all those who knock down people’s ambitions (and maybe that’s you) I’m here to change your mind on the subject…
So what is ambition anyways?
You see, the etymology of the word ambition comes from the Latin word ambitionem which literally means “to go about” to either solicit votes, strive for flattery, honour, or popularity. So to be ambitious is to attempt to reach a uniquely high status.
So to say “I want to be the next Bill Gates”, or “I want to be the next YouTube sensation” are unique goals and therefore ambitious goals to set. To reach either of those 2 goals requires an immense amount of hard work and strategy. And because the paths to reach those 2 goals also require tenacity, smarts, and consistency, people often equate ambitious goals with impossible goals.
You’re Doing Your Math Wrong
My advice is to always be realistic.
Is it mathematically less probable for you to achieve an ambitious goal as opposed to a more “normal” goal? …YES…BUT that depends on your variables.
Usually people think about the probabaility of achieving a goal by using the number of applicants and the number of job opportunities as variables. For example:
If there are 100 mechanical engineers and 500 job opportunities for mechanical engineers in for world, the probability of getting a mechanical engineering job is pretty f***ing high.
In fact, the probability is 1 for 1 PLUS room for error.
Now let’s look at another example:
If there are 20 people who want to be a motivational speaker, the probability of achieving that goal seems low; it seems low because there are NO employers looking to hire motivational speakers at their businesses. Instead, motivational speaking – along with all other entrepreneurial pursuits – don’t have job openings waiting to be filled. Ambitious entrepreneurial jobs have to be created from the ground-up. Therefore, if you have 20 potential motivational speakers compared to a seemingly non-existent number of job opportunities, the likelihood of you becoming a motivational speaker based on those variables alone, is ZERO.
Now here’s my argument…
Change Your Variables
If there is 1 of you, and 1 type of job you want, and you have all the qualities necessary to do that job… you have a high probability of achieving.
In fact, your probability is 1 for 1.
If you employ what it actually takes to be the next Bill Gates or the next YouTube sensation, you will achieve your goal.
And if you’re the type of person who tells people to “stop being so ambitious” and “more realistic”, you might need a reality check yourself. And hey, so what if Person X never ends up achieving his/her ambitious goal. If he/she tried their best and is living a happy life, you should not put him/her down or discourage him/her.
Lastly, and to further prove my point, there are intelligent and affluent people in the world who both trust and provide money to those who are realistically ambitious. Those intelligent people are angel investors.
Pragmatic Optimism Pays
Angel investors have faith in ambitious people, and realize that innovation and therefore ambition can lead to large profits.
Don’t Shoot Down Ambitions
If you are in fact an ambitious person, meaning you have smarts, tenacity, patience, and persistence, the probability of you achieving an ambitious goal is a lot higher than someone without those 4 qualities.
So as much as it sucks to start working toward a goal from the bottom, achieving your ambitious goal will make the view from the top worth it. Be realistic, use the proper variables, and trust your ambitions!
And as always, Happy Monday ❤✌
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