School, Teachers, Formal Education and Sometimes Even Parents, Seldom Teach Us Why Ambition is Greater than Talent!
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One of the most inspiring movie lines that I’ve ever heard is probable “My ambition far exceeds my talents,” said by Johnny Depp’s character George Chung.
Ambition is singlehandedly the most important tool for finding fulfilment, and making progress in life; ambition overrides both talent and resources by miles!
An ambitious attitude can lead any man or woman towards triumph, achievement and satisfaction in life, regardless of what challenges lie in wait (of which there will always be many). To possess the will, the desire and the courage to get ahead in life are greater entities than any degree of skill you can possess.
Having the greatest talent in the world means nothing if you don’t have ambition in the driving seat, moving you forward towards achieving something larger and more significant than what you have currently achieved throughout your lifetime to date.
Q) Do you know how many people in the world waste both their ability, and their potential? A) Many more than those who have talent and use it to accomplish great things!
Many of those throughout the world and from across the ages who have attained elite status and reward, initially started out as the underdogs with nothing more than mere ambition to prove the world wrong of its derogatory and unfair judgments.
Those who exercise their ambition and enthusiasm for life will almost always come out on top. They love the determined, passionate person they are striving to become, and the feeling their life’s work gives them. These people find no reason to quit or not believe in themselves as they have already proved themselves to themselves time, after time, after time.
Ambition separates a man who lives in a box on the streets, from the happily married family who knows what it is to feel luxury.
Humanity would not have thrived as a global civilisation had it not been for our forefather’s natural ambition to drive humanity forward and survive in triumphant fashion.
Ambition is what fuels our purpose in life and allows us to relentlessly pursue our goals, with complete disregard of circumstances and outcomes. For those with this innate drive to succeed, the end will usually justify the means to the end.
Although I can’t speak for other nationalities, much of Scottish society looks down on ambition as a ‘bad thing’ as many people will easily confuse ambition for greed, or an addiction to power. Ambition isn’t greed. Ambition isn’t an addiction to power.
Ambition is the desire to escape mediocrity, which incidentally, is the place where most people live out their days. Choice.
Ambitious people understand that there are no shortcuts to fulfilment, contentment, and making meaningful progress in life. They know that nothing short of hard work, effort and relentless persistence will get them closer towards their goals, visions and whatever they want.
Ambitious people will often gamble all their chips, go all in, and put everything on the line because they know that this is the only way that they’ll get closer towards reaching their intended destination.
Thomas Jefferson once stated, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Imagine your life as a race towards the finish line, and winning this race is equivalent to achieving the heights of personal success that most people only ever dream about. If you don’t have the kind of disciplined mindset that is focussed on winning the race from the start, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever commit 100% of your efforts toward running.
Compare that to someone who is ambitious and has a strong motivation to win. The ambitious person’s chances of winning, are so much greater because he will do whatever he can to surpass his perceived limits, while never quitting and always thinking of different ways to get ahead.
Ambition is what drives us to succeed in everything we commit our time to. The lives of ambitious men and women are often filled with action, faith, risk, uncertainty and excitement – not just nice intentions!
Ambition demands that we commit to working hard, working efficiently, always finding better ways to do things and perfecting our craft or skill or talent.
Tony Robbins once said that “People get rewarded in public for the things that they practice in private for years”. For ambitious people, practice is never a chore, but a necessity! So, to fulfil your main goals in life, ambition will only ever take you as far as the changes that you’re willing to make in your daily habits.
On the road to achievement, there will always be highs, lows, ups and downs, but this is what all people are faced with as they commit to a life beyond mediocrity. Within the journey lie the life lessons, the principles, the pain, the gain, and the growth. Every mistake made is just another lesson learned.
For the rest of your days, embrace your passion (and if you don’t know what this is, Click Here). Follow your dream. Let your ambition drive you forward. Prove the world wrong. Never settle for mediocrity. Master your craft and become one of the elite. Most people won’t!
An un-named philosopher once suggested, “Ambition, I have come to believe, is the most primal and sacred fundamental of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and the reason for our very existence.”
Having the mere desire to move forward and achieve great things with your life isn’t enough to get you there. Working harder than everyone else you know and becoming excellent in your endeavours, however, will.
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