In our culture ambition is both celebrated and frowned upon, not always in equal measure.
Ambition is encouraged and rewarded, but only to a point.
Perhaps it is not ambition itself that is the problem, but rather, our narrow definition of it?
I think our definition of ambition and success needs to be redefined.
We aspire mostly to the ambition of accumulation of things.
We want to be more and have more.
More accomplished or influential, more wealthy or successful, more popular and celebrated. More up-to-date with the latest trends and fashion. More of the latest gadgets.
But if we are asked to define success, we are not always sure what it means to us.
Often success is defined as having more.
If we are going to find our calling, do meaningful work, work that matters and live happy, fulfilled lives we need a more ambitious definition of success.
Be ambitious about the power and potential of your ideas.
Be ambitious about the lives we touch and uplift.
Be ambitious about doing meaningful work, work that touches people for the better.
Be ambitious about the depth of the change you want to create.
Be ambitious for the people you love and those you serve.
Be ambitious for the people in your community who you have never met.
Be ambitious for the children in your country who have yet to be born.
Be an ambitious advocate for those who have lost hope.
Reflect on what you want. Then go after it with your head held high. And encourage and help others to do the same.
Perhaps our definition of ambition and success should include being meaningful and doing work that matters.