September 30, 2010

It is so easy to think of ambition as a negative characteristic, to think of greed or a lust for power. In reality, ambition can be a positive attribute. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ambition as an “ardent desire for rank, fame or power” or “a desire to achieve a particular end”. It shows “aspiration” as a synonym. Clearly, ambition has the potential to be a power for good!

Without ambition, nothing gets done. Without a strong desire, no one would pursue a dream or a goal. Ambition is the power that pushes us to get started.  In order to control and focus ambition correctly, it is imperative that we develop strong principles, based on solid values. Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

With a dream, the ambition to achieve it, the principles to guide us, and the persistence to keep going, anything truly is possible!