The Gift and Curse of Ambition

Ambition is a double edged sword in many ways (does that make it a triple, quadruple edged sword?)

Too little ambition and we get nowhere (and nowhere fast).

Safe and boring ideas for example. Idea’s aren’t gold if they are ideas, they need to be great ideas. They need to be crazy and possibly bold ideas. (At least crazy enough for you to give it a try). Nobody wants to rally around a boring idea. (…unless you can find a large enough niche who loves your boring idea, which probably doesn’t make it boring any longer). Little ambition is staying in a job you don’t care one bit about, but do it anyway because it has good benefits.

That being said little ambition isn’t a character flaw, or something that’s wrong with you. It’s more like a traffic sign telling you that maybe you’re not on the road you should be on, and that you have some experimenting to do to figure out things.

But too much ambition and you die.

Or burn out, or fail, or succeed but become a grumpy miserable old crank, get into debt and /or bite off way more than you can chew.

I bend towards the too much ambition category.

I have ideas coming out of my ears, but not enough time, money and energy to do them, so I can easily overwhelm myself by my ambition if I’m not careful.

If you can relate, then it’s also worth me saying that overwhelming yourself with ambition dreams is just as bad as doing nothing and having no ambition.

You can’t make dreams happen if you’re doubled over in bed from overwhelming and burning yourself out by trying to take on more than you can handle.

No, it’s better to unwhelm yourself by balancing your ambitions with your reality.

What do you really want to do?

What does your life look like now, and what’s one thing you can change today to make your reality match the shade of color that your dreams are painted with?

One little change, then another, then another.

Stop trying to be 100 people at once, and start trying to be 1 person 100 times.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner