Let’s face it, we don’t do achieve what we don’t want, even if we say we want it. Instead, many of us (as humans) just try to take the easy way out and go down the path of least resistance in the short term. However, ambition is only fuel and needs to be used correctly to achieve greatness. Much like hi-octane gas, it can be used to power a racecar or burn down a school. Ambition through physical activity such as practice or education is the only way it can be helpful. Otherwise, it is just fueling insanity.
Author Geoff Colvin talks about this at length in his book, “Talent is Overrated”. He talks about how so many people have overcome amazing adversity to achieve greatness through pure ambition and determination. It is the only way to explain people like Roger Banister, Jerry Rice, Steve Jobs, and countless others.
I fear that there is a lack of it in parts of society today. There was a homeless guy who is a bit notorious in our neighborhood who will has a bag of lies he tells to others for money. Sad thing is if he were half as ambitious about making something out of his life, he would be tremendously successful. Instead, he spends so much time working to deceive people to get what he wants.
Too many of us just use the pathetic excuse of “I can’t” instead of “I will.” More often than not, the only difference is the ambition that we put forth. Over Christmas season, I heard a person say “I can’t afford to get out of debt, as they are sucking down a cigarette with a beer in their hand.” Another said, “I don’t have time to learn a new trade” when they know that if they had more knowledge, they could get a better job that does not require as much overtime to pay the bills.
How do we control our ambition? Ask yourself if there is something that you wanted to do, but have not, and be honest with yourself as to why you have done achieved it yet. What drives your ambition? Is it your spouse, your children, your faith, your community, or something else?