The Thing About Ambition…

October 16, 2012

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… is that it actually makes things harder. Think about it. If all you want to do is work a regular job, buy a house, and maybe start a family some day, then your goals are relatively simple to fulfil. You won’t often stay up at night sweating over what to do next. When you have ambition, however, the game changes.

If you’re an entrepreneur, suddenly you must think about how to keep your business alive, how to find new clients, and eventually how to make payroll this month and how to fight off competitors who want to crush you. If you want to make an impact on the world, know that you’re choosing the harder path. You’re taking the red pill.

And so we are faced with a choice:

To take the easy path: what your parents told you to do; what you’re ‘qualified’ to do; the safe, secure job; the less risky option.

Or, to take the road less travelled: the cause you must pursue; the passion you wish to share; the risk you’re scared to take.

I encourage you to take the red pill. If you do, these ideas might give you some comfort:

  • Surround yourself with like-minded people; and people who are better than you. You’ll need them.
  • Review who you spend time with at least every six months. You will outgrow your mentors and find new ones.
  • To have what you’ve never had, you must do what  you’ve never done.

Usain Bolt didn’t become the fastest man in history by showing up 5 days a week. I’m not telling you it will be easy; I’m telling you it will be worth it.

We can either embrace our ambition and confront the challenges that ambition brings; or deny our ambition and live a life of quiet desperation.

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