AMBITION; Good or Bad?
What is Ambition? Ambition as google puts it is “a strong desire to do or to achieve something typically requiring determination and hard work”. Everybody wants to achieve something in their one wild and beautiful life , be it wealth, fame, power, position and what have you. What gets you from where you are to that place of achievement is Ambition. Now, how can you say ambition is bad?; I mean who doesn’t want to achieve something meaningful in their life? Sometimes we confuse Vision and Ambition, but there is a difference between them. You see, vision is seeing the end from the beginning; that is, you want a first class result and you can envisage it right from your 100 level, that is Vision. Ambition, on the other hand, is what gets you from the beginning of said vision to the expected end. A man with a vision but no ambition can get derailed along his way, but one whose ambition and vision coincides is one that can change the World. That’s why Marcus Aurelius puts it simply that “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.” Ambition is never a bad thing, it is man’s selfish desires that makes us think that for you to be ambitious , you must trample on your fellow man and put them down to achieve your goals. You look at men like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King jr, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, these were men whose ambitions coincided greatly with their visions and didn’t have to trample on their fellow man in achieving their goals and their names remain forever in our hearts and mind. We must therefore tell ourselves that ambition is a necessary tool in the achievement of one’s goals but we should be careful not to let our selfish and lustful desires come in and make us trample on our fellow man rather our ambitions should lead us to influence and change the lives of anyone we come in contact with because “ He who sacrifices his conscience for ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes”.