I have met many people who seem to believe that being called “ambitious” is an insult.
Even worse, some of these people have no problem with a man being called “ambitious” but feel that it is insulting to a woman! Ambition is not a dirty word; in fact, it is the gas that fires up the engine that gets many things done all over the world every day. Are there dangers associated with ambition? There can be. Ambition should never rule us, but it should drive our decisions and our actions, especially in the realm of personal development.
The definition of ambition is: “Having a strong desire to succeed.” There is nothing wrong with that! We should all have a strong desire to succeed and be willing to do what it takes to make success a reality. Most ambitious people have a “never-give-up” attitude. They already know, before they start something, that it will become difficult at some point and they have already made up their minds that they are simply not going to give up. If you decide not to give up before it becomes hard, you can work through the difficult times more easily.
There is another thing that I believe people misunderstand about ambition. You choose to be ambitious just as you choose to have a positive attitude. Many people think that you are simply born ambitious or positive or negative or whatever personality trait is in question. Nothing could be further from the truth! Perhaps some people find it easier and more natural to be positive, but anyone can cultivate a positive attitude. Similarly, anyone can cultivate an ambitious attitude.
Remember that ambition is not a dirty word! It is something that you need to grow in your own life if you want to be successful. Some people call it a “stretch goal” or a “big dream”; I call it ambition at work! Set your sights high and work hard, and you can achieve anything you want to achieve in your business and in your personal life. Make a goal and chase after it, and when people call you “ambitious,” tell them “Thank you for the compliment!”