The Cost Of Ambition
Man is ambitious by nature. Almost everybody has an ambition in life. Ambition gives us aim and sense of direction in life. However the cost of ambition is great.
As L.M. Montgomery said “We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won.”
So here’s the cost of ambition:
1. Late nights, early mornings.
2. Lots of associates, very few friends.
3. You will be misunderstood.
4. You will be single unless you are lucky enough to find someone who understands your lifestyle.
5. People will want you to do good but never better.
1)Late nights, early mornings
“I have got a dream that’s worth more than my sleep” — unknown
Most of your nights are late nights and most mornings are early mornings. You missed your meals, forget your coffee breaks, and stay away from the late night parties and many more things of what others deem as life to make sure you get your job done.
Bear this in mind, either you run your day or your day runs you. Any extra time and effort spent on grinding, knowledge, meeting people or even volunteering plays a part.
First cost of ambition, Time. If you want to achieve success, you have to put in the time needed.
2)Lots of associates, very few friends.
“In life we never lose friends, we only learn who the true ones are.” — Unknown
It’s lonely at the top. Similarly the journey to the top can also be quite lonely.
There will be times you will be rejected, alone, fail, and maybe even people around you do not believe in you, but that is all part and parcel of the journey to achieving your ambition. Use all of that to fuel yourself and keep pushing forward.
Throughout your journey, you will meet dissimilar people and bad influences. However you will also meet liked minded people and good influences who will help you become better in life. Being around this people will make you more determined, motivated to achieve your ambitions.
Second cost of ambition, friendship. People either inspire you or drain you, pick them wisely.
3)You will be single unless …
“You can achieve anything with the right partners.” — Unknown
You will be single, unless you are lucky enough to find someone who understands your lifestyle.
You need to be with someone who will be 100% there for you, understands you, willing to go through the storm with you and believes in dreams.
Achieving your ambition can be tedious, so make sure you choose the right partner. Be with someone that will lift you and not someone that will create more problems for you.
Third cost of ambition, love. So choose wisely.
4)You will be misunderstood
“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you are going to achieve anything” — Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.
It is very difficult if you are not prepared to be misunderstood because people will misunderstand you.
Any time you do something that’s out of the norm, there will be critics. And there will be at least two kinds of critics.
There will be well-meaning critics who sincerely misunderstand what you are doing or genuinely have a different opinion. And there will be the critics that have an interest in not liking what you are doing. And you have to be willing to ignore both types of critics.
Ultimately if you know what you are doing, you have to tell them ‘NO’ and just stay focus on achieving your ambition.
Fourth cost of ambition is the willingness to be misunderstood.
5)People will want you to do good, but never be better than them.
The fact is, most people are going to want you to never be better than them.
It may not be clear to you or them, but their basic instinct is to want your work to fall apart and have it all go wrong. They are terrified that your success somehow equates to their loss. Society hates it when someone refuses to conform. But the people at the top do not conform.
However there will be that rare group of people. They will be rooting for you, believing in you and celebrating your victory with you.
Fifth cost of ambition is the mentality to be bulletproof.