Tuesday, January 5. 2010
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
In the great Greek morality play Oedipus Rex, a king (Oedipus) fears that his in-law (Creon) wants the throne for himself. Creon’s perspective raises several interesting questions, some of which we've explored tangentially before: namely, why would anyone want power – and all the recognition that comes with it?
Here’s Creon’s speech, which he gives in order to assure the nervous Oedipus that he really has no designs on the throne:
”Consider, first, if you think anyone would choose to rule and fear rather than rule and sleep untroubled by fear if power were equal in both cases. I, at least, was not born with such a frantic yearning to be a king – [only] to do what kings do. And so it is with everyone who has learned wisdom and self-control.
As it stands now, the prizes are all mine – and without fear. But if I were the king myself, I must do much that went against the grain. How should despotic rule seem sweeter to me than painless power and an assured authority? I am not so besotted yet that I want other honors than those that come with profit.
Now every man’s my pleasure; every man greets me; now those who are your suitors fawn on me – success for them depends upon my favor. Why should I let all this go to win that?”
Creon wonders whether he’s really missing out on anything while exerting “power by proxy” – he still has influence, and can enjoy it as long as he can tolerate his contradictory position (a powerful man who’s unable to exert power on his own is simultaneously weak and strong).
It's a fascinating psychological profile. We have a man who argues, who believes, that his 7 (8 on a good day) is worth more than a 10 because at 10, there's nowhere to go but down; 7, on the other hand, is an existence of seemingly infinite possibilities. He has so many ways he could improve his station! He has so many means of advancing! Life can still be surprising because, in Creon's mind, he's peaked without peaking. His ambitions aren't sufficient to provoke him into chasing that 10; in that way, he's essentially the anti-Macbeth.
Who ends up better? The man who willingly limits himself, convincing himself that it's fine, tossing potential aside...or the one who stabs at glory at such a great expense?
Is ambition positive, or negative?
In the cases we’re discussing, ambition would demand that Creon or Macbeth stab his kinsman in the back, all for the sake of gaining influence and control. That would seem to paint ambition in a negative light, and it’s interesting to note that ambition is often frowned upon – for example, I’ve often heard people criticize politicians by claiming that he/she is too ambitious. (Well, yes – they’re running for president! That sort of thing requires abnormal ambition, no?)
Yet ambition is simultaneously encouraged; after all, parents usually want their children to want to do something. We applaud the young college student who demonstrates a cutthroat nature; we cheer for the over-competitive and the hyper-driven because they can often achieve greatness (see Kobe Bryant for a contemporary example). In other scenarios, ambition, like faith, can drive people to do great things. Ambition can even be the driving force behind positive, long-lasting change – and behind movements that empower individuals.
To want power is one thing; after all, the pursuit of power is really simply the pursuit of independence, with the goal being that you have control over your own life – the ability to shape your circumstances, surroundings, and fate.
However, many people also want to be seen as powerful. It’s not enough to be Creon, to be an influential figure in the corporate office – you want to be President! In fact, many people would prefer to be President – and to take on all of the extra pressure that comes with the position – even if a different position granted them an equal amount of influence within the company!
Plenty of people want to grow up to be the President, or even simply to gain enough power that they can walk into a restaurant somewhere and be recognized (and, ideally, respected).
However, it’s worth wondering why this is the case (as I always do).
+ Why do people want recognition? For that matter, some people would rather stay in anonymity, while others crave the spotlight. What separates the two kinds of people? Is it a matter of arrogance, or is it something greater? Is it better to do something well in front of others versus doing the same thing without recognition or praise? Is it worse? What’s the distinction between them? (And what does Ciacco's last request have to do with your answers?)
+ What are your ambitions? Do your ambitions shape your expectations for yourself? Do they shape your opinion of yourself, or your sense of self-worth?
+ What do you want to do, assuming that you’ll be controlling the direction of your life? You’ll be doing just that in short order – after all, you’re the one who chooses your career, because you’re the one who has to do it for the rest of your life! It’s not as though your parents are still going to decide where you need to work when you’re twenty-two. At some point, you’ll accept personal responsibility for the direction of your life, choose a direction you wish to pursue, and take the necessary steps to pursue it. What makes you think you're ready - or what makes you worry you're not?
+ Finally, are your ambitions healthy? Are they a source of strength? Are you over-ambitious – does your reach exceed your grasp? And if you could choose to change your level of ambition (either by raising or lowering it), would you do so?
This post is due at 11:59pm on Friday, January 8th. As per the usual, you can respond to a (or a few) question(s) from the end of the post here, or you can write a more general response to the whole thing. (Be precise and insightful!)
Your post should be at least two seven-sentence paragraphs long, and punctuation, grammar, and mechanics all count towards your grade. Compose your replies carefully, and always remember to state the why for every what!
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People are always different; sometimes people want recognition for the sense of accomplishment. Other times they just want it because they want to be known or want the power. The reason of recognition differs from person to person. I am a sound guy, I do audio engineering, light production and Audio Visual Stuff…I am never really recognized for all the hours and all the blood I have shed or all the hours I have worked to just plain make things happen. I would rather stay in anonymity because I feel accomplished with what I do. I love what I do; there is nothing I would want to do other then what I do now sound. On the other had musicians want the spotlight, they are always right in the middle of things with the crowd cheering; the Lecco’s, Fernels, Par and Elipsoids blaring light down on them. That is there drive that is there success. People are all different even people in the same profession are different. One secret of the music industry is to get as much personal contacts, the more people you know the more likely you are to land a sound job or a gig for your band in the future. To me there is more then two kinds of people but these are the main ones…there are many in-between and beyond the spectrums.
My biggest ambition and truly something I love is sound production. I have gotten hurt I have spent long hours and I have spent a lot of money on sound stuff. I have been collecting stuff to help me when I get into the career and when I go to college to major in sound production. I love sound production it has changed my life. My ambition most definitely shapes my expectations for myself and opinion. Sound has taught me so much about my self; it has shaped my present life, gave me a goal for my future and helped me cope with the past. I found why it life is awesome and totally worth all the crap that happens because of doing sound. Because of the personal accomplishment every time I feel when I get my hands on a board.
I will definitely be in control of my life. I have definitely gone through hard time when I am really not in control of my life but I am now and I will continue to be. Even if times may get hard I am still in control of my life. Chaos doesn’t always mean life is falling down the drain. Life is never meaningless. Sometimes I don’t see it so clearly but this is the mindset I always jeep. This is an awesome source of strength. Knowing what I want to do makes me want to look forward and make my future come for me sooner then later. Nothing can ever exceed what I can grasp. Everything is always possible, nothing is ever impossible. If I had to choose I would chose to raise my ambition, my ambition is big as is but I never want to digress.
Ever since I was little, I always knew, even subconsciously, that I wanted to help. Whether it be people, or animals, and whether it meant being a lawyer, veterinarian, teacher, or any other position in which I could have a hands on type of ability to help people. I have always enjoyed the feeling of changing something in someones life. Around the beginning of my high school career, I found that I really enjoyed communicating with students, finding out new things about them, and teaching something new to them. I also really like talking to people and helping them by giving them advice. This feeling has continued to burn within me and will always continue to burn.
I am currently fighting to keep control of my life. Sometimes I think it would be nice for others to choose what I would be doing and who I would be, but I try hard to keep most of my life under my own control. I think that control, for anyone, is a difficult skill to master, and it may take longer for some than for others to be able to do so.
Attention is a thing so dirty its actually clean. I think that everyone wants attention, whether they admit it or not. This is because everyone likes to feel the glow of appreciation. I think it is the type of attention you look for that takes you where you want to go. If you are mad for the center stage, it will show in what you do and the activities you take up. If you like the silent attention of people just knowing you were part of the process, your activities will show that as well.
People can choose to be have recognition if they want the whole world to know of what they have done that no one has ever done before. They want to be famous and let every being in the world know their stories. But, there are others who choose to keep themselves and their deeds secretive, because, perhaps, they fear that they might embarass themselves in front of millions of people if they fail, or when there are bad citizens who would throw a unpleasant taste and insult a person's recogition. These two different groups have different distinctions. People want to be recognized as a way of getting praised and being respected, like a president. Others would like to be the same way, but they worry many things like the disadvantages of having a recognition and peole who take the dislike. I personally keep myself a a secret, in a way of not let anyone know about me. Whatever there is a conflict going on, I usually mind my own business, because I do not want to get involved, even when it seems like it's going to turn into a big fight. Like some people, I do not get much attention, because I do not feel like showing myself around. People do not show interest to me, I do not show interest to them. The way I act is how I show my ambitions and the way my ambitions have in my own opinion.
I am not sure if I would say if my ambitions are healthy, unless I think if they are. Thinking that my ambitions are fine and right for me, I could say they are healthy and I can live with them. I am uncertain whether I can step up more or I can stay the way I am. I would keep myself less known to the world about myself; I may not accomplish much in a career once I have chosen one, but I do to keep awared of my responsibilities. I could just keep on acting like my normal self, rather than to get much attention and embarass myself when they find out about myself. I would not even to be over ambitious or else that would mean I get too carried away.
The only reason why people want recognition is to be known, and I believe everybody wants to be recognized. The reason why some people say, “they don’t want to be recognized” is because they are ashamed, or they feel inferior. In other words, they aren’t confident in themselves. They fear the pressure of failing in the open. They fear putting out their imperfections in the light. They fear becoming an outcast. It’s the Lincoln mentality of, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Those people need the Veridian Dynamic mentality of, “The only thing that is never wrong is confidence.”
As for my ambitions, I have a simple belief that covers everything. I do what will make me happiest in the long run. For example I know for a fact that I need money and minimum wage won’t cut it. My parents also know this, so they start throwing some stereo typical asian, “You have to be a lawyer or doctor.” at me, but what they don’t know or ignore is that I won’t enjoy a life like that. If I have a job I have to do for the rest of my life, I would want to enjoy it. As for my future job, I don’t know what I want to do. It’s impossible to think of an enjoyable job and still receive a steady and decent paycheck.
6th period Henry
The reason why people choose to be recognized is so that they can be remembered. I believe what Kenzo in his second sentence, "Other times they just want it because they want to be known or want the power.", what he says is totally true. Everybody wants recognition as well as me because I love being in the spot light and love being known for something good. If i chose a different path and kept everything in, how could I be able to live a life with no legacy or recognition. Like in the inferno when Ciacco asks Dante to remember him. This shows that people want to be remembered and live a life knowing that someone remembers you.
On the other hand my biggest ambition for myself is to be a successful entrepreneur. I enjoy being in control and running a successful business. When I was young, I use to run multiple businesses like for instance, one of those happen to be mobile car washing. I knew that some people wouldn't have the time to wash or take their car to the car wash, so i would come to them and do it. I made ton's of money off car washing which gave me the idea and what path my future is going. That business was great to because I was referred to so many others by my customers which made me extremely happy. That also brings me back to my first paragraph because I enjoy being in the spotlight.
People want to be recognized for the great things they did and want to show off to those who did not achieve the same thing as they did. Yet many times, they just want to be remembered and never be forgotten whether it’s good or bad. They want the fame, the spot light and the center of attention. But there are always people who don’t want to be recognized, not because they are ashamed for whom they are or what they did, but because they understand they live for the sake of themselves not for the purpose of others view. People are born either to enjoy the attention of the crow, be the leader; or they are willing to help out others and be a follower. But they are all equally important and everyone wants to be recognized by the ones they love and cared for, because in their eyes they want to be the hero for the person they cared the most. All I know is everyone is different, and what each one of want is also different, being recognized is not important to some of us, but to others it’s their life. We are made this way, and no matter what happens we were destined to be who we are and what we want to be. Because I know each and every one of us is special to someone in this world, and especially God.
I believe I am in control of my life, but am I really? That’s the question we all ask some point in our life. But to think back on it, all my decisions were made because God support me and I prayed for what I want the most. When I’m lost, God is always there to make me find my way. And to be in control of my life, is something I want to be. Right now, in my last year of high school, I have to admit I am a little lost. I lost my way of light, my way of seeing the world. Yet I am not afraid because I know that God has already prepared everything for me. I am not afraid nor I am strong; but I know what I believe in, because that’s the start of controlling my life, by believe in myself. Being in the spot light is not in my personality, because I believe i am a little grass who is not in the spot light who can do great things in life.
Everyone wants to be recognized for something good they have done to others or the society. This is what motivates us to want to continue to work hard and help others. We do not need the people who we helped announce to the whole world that someone lend them a hand. For example, when I help others on a math problem I feel happy that I helped out but if the person does not acknowledge me and takes all the credit I do not want to help him/her anymore. In the past, I had some experiences where my friends would take all the credit while I stood in the crowd feeling hatred inside of me (but then it slowly dies away later). Now I have changed and since I cannot stand it when someone does this to me, I would tell them that I helped them achieve their goal. But, of course, there are people who do not want to be recognized and do not wish to be in the spotlight. But once thing in common is that we are motivated by the good things people say about us and the good actions we do to benefit others.
My ambitions depend on the goal I set up for myself. My ambition to work hard is to hope that I would receive good grades in school. Behind every action there is a reason. I can relate this to my physics class last year. Having one of the lowest grades in the class after the first quarter, I was very embarrassed. There seemed to be no way I could catch up and with only two option that I had (drop or continue the class) I could only chose one. I chose to continue the class and told myself that I would pull up my grade to a passing grade. With a lot of ambition to improve and determination to pass the class, I received a B as a semester grade. Through this experience, I found one of my characteristic and it has altered my expectations I had on myself.
I see the people that want recognition as people who are prideful and people who don't as humble. Based on this I think that the people who want recognition because they don't want to be forgotten, like Ciacco, and that they want people to remember what they had done. The humble wants to remain in the anonymity because they're humble, they didn't do something to seek personal glory. Personal glory, I think that's the main focus that separates the two groups. The ones that seek the spotlight do so because they seek recognition and personal glory comes from that. While the humble wants to stay unknown, therefore they don't want recognition and thus does not seek personal glory. Also the people who seek the spotlight will actually have to make sure they do something right because if they don't, then they wouldn't get recognized for it. The humble, on the other hand, won't care because they aren't looking to be in the spotlight. Ciacco to me is an exception because most people, when they want to be remembered, would want to be remembered for doing something good instead of Ciacco who just want to be remembered regardless of good or bad.
My main ambition right is to get into college because that's the first step in anything. My parents want me to succeed and have a career in law but for me, I'm starting to want to become a teacher. What subject, I don't know yet. My ambitions have helped me make a lot of decisions regarding my academic future because if I know what I want to do when I grow up, then I can make the right decisions for my self. Also my ambitions have changed a lot over the years so if in two years my interest change then I wouldn't be too surprised. I would also say that my ambitions have definitely do shape my opinions of my self. I remembered before when I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, I just felt so left out when all my friends all knew what they were going to do and study during college. So having a true ambition has helped my self-worth a lot.
My ambition is to live a happy and worry-free life. In order for that I will have to work harder in school and get the job that I can enjoy and also pays well. This ambition definitely shape my expectations for myself because I would need to set higher standards in order to achieve it. With the higher standard that I have set for myself, it allows me to reach my ambition that much faster. And in a way it does change the way i think of myself because if I do no meet the higher standard I have set, then I would not think well of myself. This ambition I have for myself alters my sense of self worth but motivates me to do the best in life.
I want to be able to enjoy my life without having to depend on other people. I want total control of my life, though that is not really possible. The government is out there regulating everyone's life and such... But besides that, I want to be able to live a happy and worry-free life as I mentioned earlier. I know it is possible, as long as every step I take right now is carefully thought out, and not taking any risky chances. What makes me feel ready for going down that path is visualizing how good it would be when that comes true. However, the difficulties and the the unknown of what life throws at me makes me worry that it will take a long time getting to where I want to be.
I believe that my ambitions are healthy. It is something achievable and does not involve anything "bad". My ambition is a big part of my strength and makes me a better and harder working person. I am not over ambitious and I do not believe I need to change what I want in life.
The reason why people want recognition can be taken from the quote that tells us that the only way to truly be immortal is to leave our mark on the world, to be remembered by people. That's virtually impossible to do if people don't know who you are. I certainly want to be recognized, especially since, as of right now, I am generally ignored by everyone, including my friends and family. So by that fact alone, I constantly yearn for recognition. Now, while I do want to be acknowledged, I do not want to be seen for only my bad traits. I would much rather be forgotten than be remembered for my wrongdoings. Others, such as Ciacco, would prefer to be remembered, regardless of how they are viewed. In my opinion, whether or not people want to be remembered is based on their life and how it has shaped their personalities. For instance, I consider myself to be rather arrogant (although I do try to rein it in) but I'm not vain enough that I want to be remembered badly, or perhaps I'm so vain that I want to be remembered well. Seeing as it's different for everyone whether or not they would want to be remembered, and for what reasons, it's very difficult for me to even imagine the various reasons why people would or would not want to be remembered, regardless of whether they are remembered well. This just generally seems to be a difficult subject for me, as I am not quite sure of how much recognition I want. I suppose I'll figure it out eventually.
Ambition...well, first off, for myself, I'm barely ambitious at all. I know I want to do something with literature for my career, either as a writer, or, when that inevitably fails, as an editor. My, "ambition" hasn't really shaped me, (seeing how I just figured out this is what I want to do, how could it shape me?) rather, my life has shaped my ambition. I love to read, and I'm always playing out stories in my head, and I constantly correct the grammar and spelling of others, so I figured that either being a writer, or, as Mr. Feraco suggested, being an editor, would be fitting for me. It would certainly be the most enjoyable career path I could take, not to mention the easiest one for me. As for whether or not I'm ready, as in, whether or not I could start writing or editing today, I know for a fact that I'm not. My writing is, frankly, bad, and I have very little notion as to what to do in the way of editing aside from correcting spelling and grammar errors and correcting the flow of a piece of writing. I'll be ready at some point, but I know that I am definitely not ready now.
Well, I managed to not have a super long post for once, which is largely due to the fact that I was going to make references to Childhood's End, except very few of my fellow classmates have read beyond Chapter 2, and I know next to none have finished the book, so I made sure to not spoil anything, which reduced my content by a bit.
People want to be recognized because it represents their presence. Life is for to live together as friends, families, and etc. People who seek for a spotlight are not dealt with arrogance. For some people, it might just be to feel satisfied or better. People who would stay in anonymity and the opposite are having different perceptions and thoughts. I think that it depends on how active the person is or the shyness. The need of praise and recognition after working hard is optional. Since you work hard for yourself, I think getting recognition would be excellent but there are no regrets even without it. My ambitions are to stay healthy and work productively and wisely as well as going into the college for a first step. Since my ambition is like a desire, it helps me to shape my expectations. It shapes my opinion of myself more into a positive way. Ambition is considered as one of the encouragement for me.
There are many jobs that interest me but the most essential part is the studying so I am trying to focus on it more at present. I will be seeking for a job that best fits me and getting me entertained. So, I have to work diligently and narrow down the list to that I could accelerate. Since getting jobs and opportunities are more difficult these days, I have to choose my direction with prudence and more time. Things that make me think that I am ready are how much I am confident about knowledge of the job and preparations including experiences. My ambitions are healthy and I am prepared for my ambitions. My ambitions are one of my strength. My ambitions do not over exceed but I think you will achieve more as having greater ambitions.
Many of us crave recognition for what we do. In fact, there are few who would do things just for the good feeling we get when we accomplish something. Take competitions, for example. Why do we compete but for the recognition from others. Athletes play their sport, fans cheer, they win, then more cheering, then awards and fame. From this acknowledgement, we gain the good feeling that we “long for”. In other words, we do things to receive recognition from others.
Tying into this is my belief that we do things well in front of others to receive acknowledgement from them. Many people act differently in front of different types of people. I, for one, tend to act differently in front of my friends as compared to how I act in front of my teachers. I act more formal when I talk to my teachers. Similarly, I am more casual in front of my friends. Part of this stems from politeness. But mostly, I want teachers to recognize me as the good and friendly student. In front of teachers, I am careful with what I say and make an effort not to offend them.
The thing that I really have to ask myself is, “can I really become a part of the movie industries?” It is true that I am almost old enough to live my own life, but for some time, I have been dependent on my parents, which is partly their fault since they wouldn’t ever let me get a part time job. I don’t have the experience and knowledge of living by myself. College is going to be a scary place if I don’t learn all of these things this year. I know that I am not ready to be freed into life just yet but I’m pretty close.
As I mentioned before, if I would have made any accomplishments before I drop dead is to make it into the field of film production. Film production is the only thing that I want to do that I feel is worth while. If I were to want something, it would be to succeed in what I do and be the best in my field of art. My parents agree that it is a good job career and they also agree that it is very hard to make it big, but they support me all the way. I myself am not too sure about succeeding but I still want to try rather than just giving up.
Ambitions may be a good thing and definitely a d great thing to have thing to have in life, but that is not what completely drives me in this world. I feel like that I have nothing special to give to the world. Sometimes I feel that I don’t contribute a lot and feel like I am not worth something because of that. In order to desperately prove myself wrong, I thrive for this career and I will show people what I am worth. My ambitions are healthy, but they do not supply me with the strength that I will need to pull myself through hard times.
In order to prove myself to others and especially to myself, I would have to try and hog the spotlight because that’s what being in the film industries is all about. It’s about competition and who is more popular and makes more money. Sometimes being in the spotlight doesn’t mean that you are arrogant. It could be because they have to. For example, if you intend on being famous, anywhere else is unacceptable. I am a somewhat shy person but if I want to make my dreams come true, I must defeat who I am in order to survive in the world of competition. I think that that is the greater force that makes you want to attend the spotlight. I believe that at times, one must remove his or her fears in order to fulfill their dreams and that’s what being in the spotlight truly means to me.
There will always be various reasons as to why people want to receive recognition. People who selfishly seek attention will always go out of their way to catch the public’s eye; on the other hand, there are those who are modest and only do what they do because of their ethical beliefs. Nowadays, we are, by law, suppose to give people credit for their works. Of course, there are several exceptions. Secret donors or donators who hope to continue being in secret in fear of all the publicity that might occur with their identities revealed. And the altruistic young man who helps the elderly woman cross the street, but leaves afterwards without even introducing himself.
Right now, my biggest ambition is to get into college. Of course, this goal has helped shape my other accomplishments and goals. From receiving high marks in class to studying all weekend long, I have managed to teach myself the importance of self-motivation and determination. My ambition has driven me to exceed expectations – from peers and family members – and has guided me through these past couple years. What I want to do and must accomplish when I grow older is repay my parents. They have done so much for me, and it is impossible for me to repay them back now. I hope that I can settle down and have a family by the time I am thirty-five. I do think these are healthy ambitions. None of them consist if doing drugs, becoming an alcoholic, or going to jail. I just want to live a simple, happy life.
I have many ambitions that I’m aiming to achieve in this life. On a material level, I hope that I am financially stable and can provide for my wife and children, and repay my parents for their love and support. I hope to become the first Muslim soccer player on the United States soccer team and hopefully have a successful professional soccer career. As a Muslim, I'm required to at least pray the mandatory five prayers a day, and every prayer, I ask God to keep my family, friends and I on the right track, to send us straight to heaven without taking a detour through Hell, and to make life easier on us (financially, emotionally etc.). Other than trying to do the right things in life in order to get to heaven, I also want to find ultimate happiness in this life. I want to be able to look back at my life when I’m old and wrinkly and all I do is just sit in a chair (like the character from “UP”), and think about how everything in my life went so perfectly- how I managed to maintain my Muslim identity and still have the best times with friends, family and the whole nine yards.
I believe that these ambitions I’ve mentioned are very healthy. They keep me on track to do the right thing and, since all of these ambitions have to do with things I love, they keep me working hard (unless I get lazy) in order to succeed. If I could change my level of ambition, I would most definitely raise it. There’s a saying that I always hear that goes, “Reach for the moon, because if you don’t make it, you’ll land on the stars.” Despite the fact that it’s a false statement – the moon is closer than the stars- the idea is that; the higher ones ambitions are, the higher he/she will achieve. I already feel like I have very high ambitions, but maybe if I increased my level of ambition, I’d surpass these dreams that I have. But regardless, as long as I maintain my faith and have fun doing it, I’ll be content with the life that I live.
As a young child I admired teachers and wanted to grow up to be one. I would spend time by myself sitting in a small chair and reading to my invisible audience when my mother and my then-baby sister took their naps. However, as I grew up, I found a flaw in myself that made me realize that I would have a difficult time being a teacher. My mom and dad recommended that I aim to be an accountant. They told me that being an accountant suited my personality and work habits, and I found that I became very attached to wanting to have accounting as my career. It was not the fact that accountants made a lot of money that made me want to become an accountant, but rather I had found the career interesting and appealing to me even though the people I have talked to often tell me that accounting “is the most boring job a person can have.” However, despite everything, being a teacher was still my number two on my list, followed closely by secretary and librarian assistant.
I have planned out my future beginning from where I will go after I graduate to how much money I need to make to support my spending on housing, food, clothing, cookware and the like, from whether I will be married or not to who will be taking care of my bills if I become disabled. (This is all thanks to my Office Technology class.) I feel confident in my plan. However, I worry about my future education and how I will endure with college. I know my strengths and weaknesses, but I worry I may not reach my goal of becoming an accountant by not doing well in college or not passing the four-part Certified Public Accountant Exam.
My ambitions are healthy, and they are a source of strength for me. I set goals that I know I can do and is not so far-fetched that there is no way that I can achieve them. Though at times I may fall back to my old ways, I remind myself that I am always making progress, whether I am getting better or not aiming or thinking about my goal at all. I am not over-ambitious, but if I could choose to change my level of ambition I would raise it because I want to aim bigger and test myself to see if I can achieve my ambitions.
People want power and the security that comes with it. I remember reading an article about Shia LaBeouf shortly after his run-in with the police and after the DMV suspended his license. The addressed the obvious issues involving the controversy that circulated around as well as his state of mind and more importantly his reception of a newfound spotlight after a string of successful movies. He explains in the article that after having his license suspended he had no other choice than riding a bike for personal transportation. While riding his bike he often stops in public places, just to see how many people recognize him. He has to for a sense of accomplishment and a justification for his work; otherwise he would feel insecure and even scared. He had come from shady circumstances as a child so in order to assure himself of his success and of his self worth, he needed to be recognized. Even under the spotlight and at the center of celebrity stardom he needs to feel secure.
On the other hand, when dealing with the man with power and recognition who wants to remain anonymous, the opposite seems to be true. He wants to avoid the spotlight, doesn’t need to be recognized and seems perfectly content, but is he? That man doesn’t conscientiously make an effort to remain anonymous so he can be isolated and alone. Rather, he chooses to be anonymous because he’s afraid of what might happen. He isn’t choosing what will happen. He is choosing what won’t happen, because he wants peace of mind. Even if the man does end up making the decision based solely on his work, instead of conscientiously avoiding the outside world, it is because he is already secure. With that being said I don’t think there is a difference between the star that wants the spotlight and the star that doesn’t want stardom. Their approach may be different, but their motive is the same. As for which one is better, I would choose stardom because it would suit my insecurities. Take your pick. Would you rather have a million dollars in cash or check?
People want recognition because we want the gratitude and respect we gain from acknowledgements. This year in the Orchesis Charity Show, my dance partner and I choreographed a piece which was chosen to be performed in front of an audience of 1,000, not to mention all the professional dancers which watched from the sidelines. That week, I was tough on the members in my dance—I drilled them to perfection and became frustrated at their lack of concentration. I believed I pushed the dancers beyond their physical limitations because my name, as a choreographer, would be announced as the introduction to the dance. I wasn’t going to let something with my name on it look terrible as it was shown to a critiquing crowd. I wanted the dancers in my routine to perform to the best of their ability because I didn’t want them to have any regrets, and say “Oh I wish I could have tried harder” when they look back on the DVD a month later, or even three or four years later. As a team player, I wanted them to receive recognition as well for a job well done and the satisfaction of how hard work pays off in the end for an inspiring and enlightening performance.
As a little kid, we’ve learned to “dream big—reach for the stars; that anything is possible.” Ambition is something we all must work for; and we must be ready for the challenges life will throw at us. I believe ambition is healthy. Without ambition, I wouldn’t care about anything in the world and just become a self-absorbed person who just sat around on the couch watching TV and eating. Ambition lets me set goals for myself as I constantly am challenged to achieve my full potential. And once the challenge is accomplished, I have the feeling of self-satisfaction humans crave. If ambition didn’t exist, the human population wouldn’t have had as many technological or medical advances we have come to know—such as medical treatment for chicken pox, hepatitis, and the developments of seatbelts. Ambition drives people beyond what they think they are capable of, and gives the reward of self-satisfaction as we each reach our fullest potential.
Most people want recognition for most of the things they do because I believe that they feel a sense of impact that they have made to the other person. Everybody wants to be the person that has changed someone else's life. I think that people who stay anonymous are the ones who are ashamed of something that they have done and have certain things that they do not want others to know about. The thing that separates the people who would rather stay in anonymity and the ones who crave the spotlight are that one wants to be known for what they have done to make and impact on others and the world around them.
I have many goals that I would like to accomplish in my lifetime, the most important thing I want to do is to have an impact on someone's life for the better. I am a very ambitious person and when I want something, I go get it no matter how hard it is. My ambitions have shaped my expectations for myself because I always aim very high therefore I set higher expectations for myself. Sometimes this might not be a good thing because when I fall short, I tend to be very depressed that I did not do well as I have expected. I get a sense of higher self-worth when I meet my expectations because I feel like I am on the right path in life.
Ambitions are what drive people to do better; ambition is healthy for everyone. It is not a source of strength but a type of motivation and the person is the source of strength to reach and accomplish their goals. I do not think that am not overly ambitious because I aim a little bit higher. But if I could change my level of ambition, I would raise it because I feel like I could accomplish more things.
The best sort of person is both ambitious and modest, a man who wants to shape the world for the better from behind the scenes. But is this type of person actually modest, or does he want power without responsibility? I believe in the power of man, but I do not believe in the power of a man. I do not think that this degree of honesty and modesty still exists in this world. All humans, whether consciously or subconsciously, desire the spotlight, search for their 15 minutes of fame, and strive for more. Everybody wants to be remembered for one thing or another. Even if somebody leaves a lasting effect on the world, he cannot be satisfied unless his name is attached to his accomplishments.
The “modest man” archetype is present in all forms of media, but never in reality. Those who do not achieve any degree recognition for their actions can be one of two types of people (no offense by these titles, but I could not think of more suitable terms): failures or defeatists. The failures are people who fail to succeed, fail to stand beneath the spotlight. They are the ones who are never credited for their actions, the unsung heroes and villains of society. The defeatists, on the other hand, are those who have stopped striving for recognition. Some are true defeatists, who claim that they have no chance at recognition. Others subconsciously feel this way, even if they claim their position in life is satisfactory, even without recognition.
For all his talk, Creon ultimately takes the throne of Thebes. He is a defeatist turned failure turned king, first denying his desire for recognition, then facing it down and taking Oedipus’s throne.
I do not think we should label those people who have the desire to obtain recognition. In fact, I do not think that one made a better decision than the other; it is simply a win, win situation. For those who seek to be on top strive to be the best. They want to prove to everyone what they can achieve and possibly prove all those who doubted them. However, those who rather live a life of a 7 or 8 instead of a 10 believe they only need to satisfy themselves without the need of caring what others think. There is no bad decision in here because for those who strive to be the best, they often achieve their high goals while those who chose to live a less stressful life live happily with enough successful to fulfill their satisfaction. Sometimes, the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” applies, where those who have never had recognition before hope for that fame even if they know the added stress and pressure. Other times those who are already famous hopes for a more subtle life, where not everything they do ends up on the magazine or television. When Ciacco made his request, it shows that he has such a hunger for recognition that it completely blinds him. I do not see how people would rather be remembered even if it is something bad. If one is to be remembered in a bad way, it does not fully show who they really are, and therefore the only thing that is true is the name, everything else is a lie and not worth it to be remembered as someone he or she is not.
I think most ambitions are generally healthy unless it is over ambition, in which case one fails to see everything around them except their own goal and ultimately reach their goals but hurt others and himself on the journey. I think I am actually under ambitious; I believe that raising my ambition could benefit me in achieving my goals more effectively. Although I don’t mind recognition, I am happy with either fame or just living a life of a 7 or a 8. I believe that as long as I am living happily, it does not matter which way I live.
All people want recognition. People want it because they've worked for it, and work is not such an easy thing to do. Sure some people would rather stay in animosity, but at what degree? We can stay through recognition in a sense in which a few people know or where credit is where credits due. As some want the spotlight of appreciation for recognition, others would rather hide astray not because as many claimed "being ashamed", but more because there wouldn't necessarily be any point in having gratitude and acceptance from others. Also to add, one recognition may lead to the spotlight, but then they would look up to you for the greater events. This for reason, may be good as a sense of being a role model but not are unable to stand up their new set standards. I believe it is better to do something without recognition or praise, but that does not mean to have done so without acceptance or approval. There is a difference there.
It's easy to have an ambition, but hard to accomplish that task. Then again, if you truly are ambitious, the task can be reached. Like most people, to have the ability to support my wife and kids to come. My ambition is not to live the glamorous life for I would like to dream of bigger things. Of course you can argue that you can be rich (doctor status) and want more but from what I've learned through english and economics, I don't want to have everything. I'd like to live smoothly with few problems and enjoy my life at the same time, while I serve as a psychologist professor, whether that be doctor or psychiatrist. Yet, I plan to keep my thoughts and values high.
Ambition can be taken in two approaches. The first one being the man who slowly developed changes in his lifestyle in order to ready himself to become a king (Creon), and the second one the man who is willing to set everything he had completely aside (his morals, himself) to get to the throne (Macbeth). With that distinction, ambition can be looked at from two ways depending on the one's own self drives. We humans must understand that while it is important to have dreams and aspirations, we cannot allow for ourselves to completely forget ourselves in the process of reaching this goal. You have dreams and ambitions to shape the person you are, to change yourself to the person you want to be, however, it is important that you do not compromise the morals that defined you to begin with in order to achieve these goals.
Recognition to most means acceptance, security, and to be remembered. However, on rare occasions, there are people who want the recognition to make a difference. These people like Creon, are those who are content with themselves just long make a difference, but stay in anonymity. However, like Macbeth, most people desire blatant power to overcome their fear of not being accepted. To them, image is a big part of them and it makes them feel safe to know and tell people that there are people that love them. Both these kinds of people still achieve the same accomplishment; the one that did it anonymously did not do his job any worse, but just in secret. The difference of these two groups of people are ultimately what separated Ciacco from the other sinners. The distinction ultimately is determined by what you are driven by. Like Ciacco, would you only want your name to be remembered? Or do you want your actions to define who you were?
When I was 6, I had the biggest dream to become a movie star in Hong Kong. At that time, I had my life set up in my head; I would study hard to become and actress and make a lot of money and be famous! Easier said than done. I am now 17; Taylor Lautner, just 5 months older than me, is already making millions and known worldwide. My approach if I were still small to this would be that I was jealous. However, as I grew and I began to experience and learn, I realized that I would not like to be famous. I would want my family to be just and average one. One that would not have to worry about security of what I had, one that would not have to give up themselves to become people that our country wants them to be, and a family that would never be a target of the media, always looking to magnify your insignificant flaws. People must start to begin to understand that popularity comes at a price. You give things up in order to be good at something else; things will always be balanced.
So before you talk the talk, walk the walk first and make sure you realize that you have considered all the behaviors and or lifestyles you must now change.
People want to be recognized because it gives them a sense that they are appreciated. It let's the person know that someone is actually noticing their actions and life they are living. Some people rather live the life where they just lay low and just live a life that noone knows about. It is not a sense of arrogance to want someone to notice you it's just the satisfaction of being noticed and realizing thatsoneone is praising your life. It depends whether or not you want to be recognized for your actions. If you're the type of person that doesn't care about whether others think about you or even recognize you,then it is just as good to help someone. On the other hand if you want recognition, you should still assist
someone that is in need in help ad if you get recognized for
it/praised then it's just another great feeling you obtained while
helping someone in need. My ambitions are to be successful in
life and to live a happy/funfilled life. I want to find a love and in
my lifetime I don't feel the need to be recognized.ifbi do it is
just an added bonus for me. My ambitions definitely shape my
expectations for myself. If I didn't have goals and motivation, I wouldn't be able to achieve some goals I have already set. There are plenty more goals left for me that I have set up, but accomplishing some goals already has given me confidence that I am a very capable person.I'm not fully ready to becom my ultimate goal (physical therapist) but going to college will help shape me into someone I want to be. There will be times where I in fact fail and other times where I make amazig accomplishments. At the age of 22 I will still either be in school or at a clinic, where I want to perfect my practice. Physical therapy fits me perfectly because I love interactig with people, I can get along with anyone, deals with athletics, and it'll keep me in shape as well. My goals are set, I'm ready to go out and obtain them.
My ambitions are a source of strength. They push me to do better in school, sports, and just life in general. Sometimes my ambitions are a little extreme, but it goes along with the process of realizing what goals are realistic and others that are unobtainable. No I would not change my ambition. It makes me the person I am.
I wish I could say that I have a consistent goal from childhood that I still hold now. My possible career choices ranged from a fashion designer to Miss America, and today continue to change, from an environmental researcher to a makeup artist. I think there’s beauty in this; humankind is not consistent and will never be, yet I still wish I could hold that certainty in my life. What is my life purpose? I haven’t quite figured it out, but I plan to spend the rest of my life to find my purpose. All I have figured out so far is that I want to make a difference in my lifetime; the details are yet to be discovered. My ambition is not to “be” anything per se, but instead, to keep true to myself. I want to die knowing that I’ve been the best person I could be. No diplomas and awards, just the fact that I’ve lived an honest and fulfilling life. That’s all I really need.
I never want to stop writing, but I am not a professional writer.
I never want to stop questioning the purpose of life, but I am not a philosopher.
I never want to stop fighting for what I believe in, but I am not an extremist in any way.
This is where my ambition has left me, and I don’t think I could ever question my self-worth because of the standards I hold to myself.
What are my ambitions career-wise? As of right now, I hope to become a professional makeup artist after I graduate from college. I know it seems wasteful; I will be spending $200k on a college degree at NYU to become something that isn’t even related. I know that if that doesn’t work out, my Environmental Studies and Business major would help me find a career somehow. I am fairly traditional, since I plan on becoming a housewife and settling down with a family. My knowledge is priceless and if anything, the student loans and the scholarships are worth the experiences I learn in college. I am going to college because I genuinely want to, not for a career, pleasing my parents, or looking prestigious amongst my peers. My college years are for my personal growth and learning; I don’t need to prove it to anyone.
In other words, I don’t know yet, but I’m hoping that New York brings a series of epiphanies and new knowledge. I hope.
People want to be recognized because it makes them feel important. It gives them a sense of appreciation. Some cannot live without the spotlight because they became accustomed to it. We see celebrities and athletes demanding attention because the spotlight has always been on them. We hear these popstars were prodigies the day they were born. It has become a habit for them to have the spotlight only shining on them. Once the spotlight goes away from them, they demand it back whether the media likes it or not. For example, Britney Spears began to decline towards the media. They never reported any news about her and her music career began to drop. Suddenly, Britney decides to shave her head to attract that attention. She wanted to reclaim that "pop diva" spotlight because she is not use to it being away from her. Even though I hate her music, I must give her props for bouncing back. The spotlight is back on her because of her music, not her wig. Ciacco differs from these people because he did not care how he was remembered. Athletes and celebrities would prefer to be remembered positively. Maybe they should start worshipping Ciacco instead of themselves.
My ambitions are simple: get into college and become successful. I know what kind of major I want to be in, but I always go back and forth on it. One day, I feel that being an accountant is dumb. Next day, my passion is back. Hopefully the college I will be attending too will guide me into the successful man I hope to become. My ambitions shape the person I am today. I like to set goals and achievements for myself so I know what I want to do. I am not those people that do something because they have to. I do something because it serves as a purpose and one step closer to my goal. Being in AP Calc is helping me become the accountant I hope to be in the future. My parents paying extra money for me to have a tutor are helping me pave the way towards success. I view my ambitions as a motivator or strength coach. I look towards them and it provides me energy to finish what I started in high school. If my accountant career fails, new ambitions will fill the former one's place. No matter what I do, my ambitions will create the road of my success.
People want recognition to know that what they did mattered or that it had an impact on someone. They want to know that they did not just go through life being a useless lump of potatoes on the couch. I think what separates the two types of people is how outgoing they are. A more outgoing person may seek more attention and recognition from those around him or her. On the other hand, a more introverted person would be content and satisfied with his or her own achievements. It is not exactly arrogance, but more of a matter of one’s personal interaction with others. When I do something well, I would love to be praised and given good comments. However, the only opinion I truly care about is my own; if I am satisfied with my work, then I could care less if anyone talks down to me. There’s also always the possibility that people could give you recognition for the wrong reasons. One man could choose to like a book for the fascinating setting rather than the political commentary that the author intended for the readers to connect with. I want my achievements to not only be appreciated, but appreciated for the correct reason. Ciacco’s request to never be forgotten even if it means being infamous is not something I agree with. I want to be remembered, but not for my misdeeds.
I can certainly say that my ambitions are healthy. They push me to try hard and make me strive to improve myself. They are definitely one of my biggest sources of strength. Yes, my parents may try as hard as they can to push me to try hard in school so I can get a wonderful high-paying job. However, the only one who can truly motivate me is I. College is not just a place that my parents want me to go to. I want to get a good education, go to a good college, get a high-paying job, and live a successful life. I am not an overly ambitious person; I like to set realistic goals. If I chose to change my level of ambition, I’d definitely raise it. I can be extremely lazy at times and I could certainly put myself out there to be more ambitious. Even if I end up setting my ambitions too high and failing, I will only continue to learn more from my failures.
Many people want recognition because they want attention or they want to know if they left an impact on other peoples' lives. Whether it is saying something outrageous to donating a lot of money at a charity event, some people want to be recognized for everything they do. Those people whole constantly want attention for everything they do are not secure becuase if they are secure, they do not need to do things that would constantly draw attention to the media.As for me, I do not really care if I get recognition for what I do. As long as I live a happy and worry free life, I do not care if I do not get any attention. But I would get mad if I get recognized for the wrong reasons.
My ambitions change a lot. When I was small, I always thought being an artist was cool but now, I cannot see myself doing that because I can barely draw. Then I also thought about becoming a scientist, but afterwards, I found science to become boring. Sometimes I want to run track ion college, and sometimes I do not feel like putting in the work that is involved. Now, I still do not know what I want to do but I hope to find that out sometime before I graduate because everything for me is really unstable. On a general point, I do want to have a stable job when I grow up and have financial independence because I do not like to depend on people for any of my needs. If one day my parents are not by my side, I need to be able to take care of myself and not depend on anything. Another thing I want is to live a life where I know I did not regret any of my decisions. I sometimes failed to do that these past years, but I will try my best to not let that happen in my up coming years. My ambitions are reasonable and healthy and I hope to happily reach each and everyone of them.
Everybody dies; even though death is not the end of us, if we do not leave our mark on society, write ourselves into history, or engrave our presence within the memories of our loved ones, we vanish. Recognition leaves our mark on society. It brings to light who we are and what we have accomplished within our lifetime. We can look to our world leaders, President Obadiah, our celebrities, George Clone, and our politicians, Nancy Plosive. They are always under scrutiny, but they shine under the spotlight. Their ambition is to have their face known to all that come after them and in that respect, they have truly succeeded. But those who avoid the limelight, the hidden geniuses who would much rather be remembered for their actions and contributions towards their community. Do we remember the person who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA or the scientists who created the atom bomb? Their faces have been forgotten, but their work and ideas live on, forming the pavement to help mankind move forward.
The difference between these two types of people is not arrogance but rather skill sets. Our politicians have been gifted with eloquent tongues and they use it to shape policy and governmental action on our behalf. On the other hand, our scientists and researchers have been gifted with analytical minds, and despite being soft-spoken, their contributions reveal the giant iceberg of information that lies beneath the surface of the water. In turn, they receive their own unique forms of praise; celebrities are treated with the fanatic howling of their fans as they make millions of dollars and faceless researchers smile as their work and discoveries are transcribed into textbooks to torture students for years to come.
But comparing these two types of people is similar to comparing apples and oranges; they serve different purposes, have different mindsets and are after different goals. There is little purpose in determining that one is more important or better than the other. We should be able to work towards our own goals how we want and when we want without having to worry about being ridiculed for our occupation.
In Arcadia, there seems to be a sentiment that only doctors, lawyers, and engineers have good, acceptable careers. But what about the plumber? His job isn't under one of the three, but when your water stops working, who do you call? His accomplishments, such as fixing your pipes, are left behind while his face is forgotten. He has left his mark in his own unique way, so we cannot and should not judge him.
I think the main reason why people want recognition is to boost their own self-esteem and confidence. Personally, I would rather stay anonymous because there is very little point in gaining great fame. I've watched too many people rise to great power only to be brought back down. As an old saying goes, "The nail that stands up is the one that is hammered down." Only among close friends would I want to be well-known. I believe the greatest dividend between these two people is confidence. It all depends on whether or not a person has the guts it takes to stand up high and let the world run its eye over them.
Maybe some people just like to have the spotlight shone on them and live off the knowledge that they are far superior than everyone else. Doesn't everyone want to show at least one other person their best accomplishments? Technically, doing a task by yourself and performing it in front of others does not change process of completing the task itself, but its impact is very different. Others can give you their opinion when it is shown to them, and often their critics make a difference. I think everyone enjoys the praise they hear from others, simply for the sake of feeling better about themselves. At the same time, people feel a certain need to impress others around them and prove a need/necessity for their existence. It's much similar to how ultimately, Ciacco just wanted to be remembered, even after he died.
The reason as to why some people are driven to have their achievements recognized is simple, they want people to appreciate all the hard work they put into whatever they want to be recognized for. Yet this is not the case for some people, they would rather stay in the shadow and not get any recognition. It may be a sign of being humble and/ or what-not. The force that separates the two are entirely different, some may want to be famous and wealthy, while others the opposite. It's all a personal prerogative and that there is no right answer. Take for instance Iron Man and Spider-Man. The two are both super-heroes, fight for the side of good, but are vastly different in character. Iron Man seeks fame through his actions and acceptance in the world for being different. Spider-Man protects the city of New York from simple thieves gangsters to fully powered super-villains, but all the while seeking no fame, notoriety, or wealth through his exploits. I could not tell you what exactly makes the two so vastly different other than that they are vastly different. There is no one or right answer. What separates recognition and anonymity is different for all and can not be truly explained fully, but I do suspect that there is a reason as to what links the two. It is the fact that we are human.
My ambition is quite complex in that it is very simple. I want to be the very best I can be. Two things came to my mind when I thought of my greatest ambition. First is that, 'what does it mean' and the second being, 'how is this complex at all'? Well my answer to the first question is this, I want to be good/great/proficient/adequate at whatever it is I choose to do in my future. The answer to the last question involves thought. My ambition may sound extremely simple at first, but when thinking about it, the mind can create new questions for it. I will give my answer to those questions quite simply. I won't live my life around just one thing, or choose a job that will make me truckloads of money. I simply want to be the very best human being that I can be for myself. Yet my ambitions do not entirely control my life. I create expectations for myself whenever I am confronted with a problem and tasked to over come it. I suppose these are the only times in which my expectations become my priority. Yet I do not believe my ambitions shape who I am or whatever opinion I hold for myself. Instead I see my actions as what defines who I am, and through these actions are how I conceive my opinions of who I am. I believe that I am the one who is in control of my destiny and I am the one who shapes my ambition of being the best that I can be.
People want recognition because they are looking for self pride, and people like to stay in anonymity because they feel inferior to others. Everybody wants to be respected; some people try to gain more respects, and some people choose to avoid them because they fear of losing any respects. The two kinds of people are separated based on their views of life or a matter of arrogance. In my opinion, I believe it is better to do something well in front of others rather than doing the same thing without praises. Showing off would be a good way to crave more spotlights in order to gain more respects. Ciacco wants to live in memory of men; he likes to be remembered even in a nagetive way. I think Ciacco desires the recognition so much because of his lack of self pride.
My biggest ambition is just to have a happy life with all the materials, which are needed for life and for fun. I don't expect to become a very rich man, but I don't like to be poor, either. In fact, I would satisfy to have enough money to have fun with my families and friends. I don't think my ambitions shape my expectations for myself, because I always have a high expectation for myself. Therefore, I try my best on everything to reach my standard. Honestly, even my ambitions don't influence my expectations, they do shape my opinions of myself as well. I become to believe in myself and have much more confidence than I did before.
My ambitions are some what different because I have many, depending on my mood at the time you ask me this question. But I my main ambition to keep work and to thrive in school is to have a better life than my dad had. My dad inspires my ambition that shapes my personality. Yet, my ambitions aren't original because they originate from my father. But I do believe my self -worth is better than my father's self - worth. After getting out of high school I feel that I should control my life and live on my own. Yet, I do not have the materials to live on my own.
My ambitions are healthy, because my father smoking and drinking problem encourages me not to drink or smoke. It also help me not give into peer pressure. I don't think I have over- exceeded my ambitions because I'm still effect my my father smoking. When my father smokes I get the result of second hand smoking. I could choose to live with my mom thus not having smoke everywhere I go. Yet, I do enjoy living with both my parents. It's just hard to choose between the two.
Ambitions fuel the human race. In history, we have shown that we are never content with stagnation for too long. Even the word "stagnation" carries a negative connotation. Ambition drives us to develop, innovate, design and further our capacity. Ambition is a fuel - the strength - for our works of greatness. Ambitions drove mankind to emerge from the Dark Ages, to build airplanes, create business, invent, fly to the moon, and become the best we can be. If ambitions can cause them, I believe they are decidedly healthy for us all. I wish I my ambitions could be compared to the great thinkers of the past, and then someday I could turn my dreams to reality. With that said, I would raise my level of ambition to lofty levels if given the chance.
People want recognition because the desire is hardwired into our nature. We are social animals, and we use recognition to gauge our value to others. I believe the factor that separates those who prefer anonymity and those who crave recognition is their importance in the type of recognition - supportive or degrading. Kanye West would be on one end, while the fellows who prefer anonymity are polar opposites. Kanye West's VMA incident demonstrates his lack of care for the type of recognition, as long as there is recognition, he feels validated. On the other hand, those who prefer anonymity think that recognition is mostly negative, and prefer to hide - similar to people who donate to charities publicly to earn only good recognition. I believe it's a matter of incentive, not arrogance. Recognition validates our behaviors, so we pursue it. It makes us feel good.
Too much of anything is a bad thing. People might be too ambitious that they are willing to betray others for their own benefits and desires. Some people do not consider other people's feelings and they don't mind doing things if it hurts other people. However, we do need to be ambitious enough in order to be successful. Our drive to achieve greatness is determined by our hard-work, effort, and willingness. We set goals to find our purpose in life because without that desire to make something out of ourselves, we would feel hopeless with ourselves. The ambition to do well in anything, without putting others down is important since it gives us a sense of accomplishment.
People want recognition because they want the attention from the public eye that they have done something that should be recognized. They crave for attention, no matter how much attention they get. It is better to do something without recognition or praise because people should not expect to receive compliments so that they can feel better about themselves. Too much recognition is not necessarily a good thing since people could possibly become arrogant about it. My ambition is to do well in college and be a pharmacist one day. I don't want to worry about financial problems during any economic crisis when I set out for the real world. I know I have a long way to go before I before I become successful, but I feel that I am prepared with my parents supporting me every step of the way.
Recognition always have different meanings to people, and to most people it means to be remembered. Some people likes to remain in anonymity. And some people wanted to be in the spot light. People who often wanted recognition are finding a way to feel a sense of pride or a sense of accomplishment. And some others wanted recognition like Ciacco are just try to find a way to not be alone. The reason of recognition differs from person to person because people all have different perspective and thoughts on things. As for myself, I would rather stay in anonymity. Because I felt accomplished about the things that I've done, and I doesn't feel alone at all because I got my family and parents whom are always supportive to me.
Ambition is a strong drive for success, it's always the source of power for people. It's always so easy to have a goal or ambition for people but the real question is how are people going to accomplish and reached the goal? As for myself, I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur. I enjoyed being in control in life and spending time on managing things. But my parents wanted me to major something that's not even related. I would love to do something that will make me happy instead of something that I have no interests in. So it's hard to reach the goal once it was set.
Well, as of right now, what I tried to do is to get good grades in school and get into a good college. Those are the things I should be working on at this moment, and the life ahead is full of opportunities.
My parents often talk about the ambitions they have when they’re young. For example, my dad likes to talk about his ambition when he graduated from college, which was founding his own company and strike it rich in the booming economy. But the ambition was just an ambition, and it never came true. Nowadays, he just wanted to keep his job and hopefully, get me out of the house so he can have a nice retirement life. As you can see, when people experience more, they soon will realize that ambitions are just ambitions and most of them will succumb to reality. In most cases, I believe, the older you get, the less ambitions you posses. Fortunately, young people like us are more ignorant and naïve than older people, therefore we can have ambitions and the incentive and courage to fulfill them. Of course there are older people out there still posses ambitions, but thanks to our braveness, ambitions belong to the younger generation.
I’ve always have dreams and ambitions, and they are the forces that drive me to move ahead. When I read about Albert Einstein in elementary school, I was fascinated by his successful story, and hoped that one day I will be as successful and well-known like him. I borrowed some multi-variable calculus text books, which Einstein studied by himself at the age of fourteen, from the library, hoping that I would be a child prodigy like Einstein, and as you can guess, I failed to understand any of the content and eventually gave up. Although defeated by reality, I still worked hard and continue to be ambitious. Some may say that I should have more realistic ambitions, and I should lower them. But it is the ambition that kept me moving. If I lower my ambitions and be satisfied easily, I will never be able to break my limits like those in Childhood’s End (oops). I will never give up (once again, youth ignorance) and I believe in myself. After all, I still have many years to make my ambitions come true.
We have ambitions because we are not satisfied with what we have now. We always want something more worthwhile: better jobs, bigger houses, nicer cars… We hope that if one day we achieve something great, then we might be truly content with our lives. My ambition is to be an international business mogul equivalent to Donald Trump and J.D Rockefeller. This is just a wild dream and I know the chance of it happening is very slight. But I keep dreaming because it is a force that motivates me to do well in school. My ambition is a source of strength because it gives me hope when I feel frustrated, whether academically or personally. Many of us rather play games than doing homework but we don’t because we are ambitious and we know we have something more important to do. Ambitions keep us concentrated on school work and prevent us from wasting time on useless things. As students, we sacrifice our free time to do school related work so we can build a brighter future for ourselves. In order to move toward our dreams, we must have ambitions and believe in ourselves.
I think ambition dies down as we grow older. When we were young, we had dreams about becoming presidents, surgeons, and bankers. But how many of our childhood dreams still exist now? We see things more realistically and realize that it’s not easy to make the dreams come true. We are also pressured by our parents to choose a “good profession”, which is a lawyer or a doctor. Gradually, we let go of our original ambitions and aim for something new, perhaps something easier. When I first entered high school, I was determined to go to Harvard, Yale, or Stanford and I honestly thought I could make it if I try hard enough. However, when I encountered more challenging classes in sophomore and junior year, I simply gave up. I realized how hard it was and how much effort I had to put in to be considered admissions to those schools. To make my life easier, I lowered my level of ambition. I did not even bother to apply to any Ivy Leagues. However, I do regret it. I regret not trying hard enough and letting my grades drop. If I had a choice, I would want to raise my ambition back to where it was before and try harder.
I also think that having a low level of ambition is not necessarily a bad thing. If you do not have any dreams to start with, then you will never be disappointed. Some people are happy with their lives and they are not very ambitious. After all, ambitions can not make people happy. So what if I become the President? Or the Wall Street banker? These people have a tremendous amount of pressure on them and they are definitely not the happiest people on earth.
On Saturday mornings I sleep in until my heart is content with rest. The process of waking up, getting out of bed, and preparing myself for transfer from my dreams to the real world can last up to an hour and a half. In my life this is the greatest metaphor for the power I strive towards: the ability to wake up without worries or obligations and know that I can do whatever it is I please when I want and how I want. I want to reach a point where I can have complete financial security so I can pursue things other than money. Once I have that, I have a lifetime to do everything else. Although I appreciate my incredibly fortunate life, I sometimes feel that I can never be truly happy until I reach that goal. I procrastinate on many projects, and I’m not sure if I really have the drive to ever reach that goal. Ultimately, I have a conflicted perspective on my life: that on one hand I know I have the intelligence to do whatever I want, and on the other I don’t have the incredible drive that I have seen propel many brilliant students around me.
Nevertheless, my ambitions are healthy. I could perceivably fail to achieve lofty goals, but I can’t ever achieve a goal that doesn’t exist. My picture of where I want to be in ten years (on my way to complete financial security) keeps me averse to activities that don’t align with that goal, and in that way it is extremely healthy. I think if more children had that goal, or believed it possible to achieve, then many problems relating to desperation (stealing, killing, involvement in drugs) would be significantly curbed.
Instinct automatically drives me toward the desires of life: love, friendship, and enlightenment. I also don’t think I could have higher ambitions. Once I have total security I hope that one day I’ll be able to go into space, make a movie, and sky dive. I see security as a doorway to anything and everything, and considering I’m naturally drawn towards everything else I figure I don’t need to worry about them. I would never lower my ambitions because my human imperfection will always keep me from achieving them however high they may be. Ambitions and dreams and goals should be kept as lofty and nigh unattainable as possible because when one fails, they will land just below them.
If I practiced for a performance for hours and no one applauded at the end of it, I would feel pretty hurt. If I did not practice at all and just winged my performance, I would understand if no one applauded. People want recognition because they know that their attempt, in whatever they were doing, paid off. Some may want it for the spotlight or having all eyes on them, but for me, it is the sense of appreciation I look for. If I did the same thing without recognition or praise, life would be very bland. Ciacco wanted to be remembered no matter what, even if it was negatively. For me, I would rather be remembered positively (instead of negatively or as nothing at all).
Everyone’s career choices should revolve around their interests. I want to work in a career where I can help people because that is what I like to do. As long as I am helping people, I will be happy, and I find that this is ambition opens many career choices for me. There is no ambiguity as to what kind of career I could pursue. Most jobs require helping and assisting people, one way or another. Although Nutrition is my main focus, since I have been interested in it ever since I entered high school, I am willing to change my goals as long as it is to help others. Maybe taking a year off and teaching in Korea or pursuing a different career (like nursing or teaching) is the rightful path for me, and I am definitely open to such changes.
People constantly change their beliefs and their ambitions so it is hard to pin arrogance as the cause for the craving of the spotlight. As an an actor I do enjoy being on stage but its not for myself so much as it is for that sense of controlling others thoughts or influencing people to think. Sometimes people forget how easily their minds wonder. When your five or even eight, in my brothers case, you can literally be anything you want from a superhero to a firetruck. The level of ambition is ever changing, in reality very few of those kids will be heroes and none will actually be fire trucks. The thing I think that changes is society, society tells us what we can and can not be . Thats something I love about theater its like being in kindergarden for one class a day, a place where yet again I can stretch my ambition and in many cases nap.
My idea is that ambition is tied confidence in the people around him , not as much in his own confidence. He just needs to feel comfortable in in their surroundings. If you are nervous with the people around you , you probably will not be as inspired to try and be the best you can be in that situation. Mankind has a very notorious habit of making the unconformable feel worse, its like how the rich get richer but the poor get poorer. Society frowns upon people being ambitious outside of what they say is correct or proper. Mankind has so much untapped potential we just need to be strong enough to tsp it and fight the crowd.
I believe that people want recognition so they have some tangible evidence that they did something worth noting. People that stay in anonymity on the other hand is probably because they don't need that recognition from their peers. People in anonymity are probably satisfied just by the feeling of doing something worthy, even if it doesn't get noticed. I thought about this and I believe this is also similar to the subjects of personal favors. One person might be satisfied just by the feeling of doing something good and expect nothing in return, the other person would want something in return for that favor. I think that these two type of people are separated by their own personal upbringings. I being raised in a traditional Asian family, had values centered around being modest and humble. I would consider myself as those people that don't require recognition to be happy. On the other hand, people might be raised in a family were children are taught to make sure their good actions go unnoticed.
Ever since i was little, i knew that i loved the media and mainstream type of stuff. As i grew older, i still kept this idea in mind, but i focused more on my love of cars. Now as a Transportation Designer - to be, i can directly influence the world around me with design. I have always enjoyed looking out in the world and seeing something that sparks my interest or changing someones life for the better. With my designs i could make some innovative and yet helpful product for others. My ambitions in a way shape the way I am; a helpful person who likes working for the interest of others..to a certain degree.
In the world, there are two types of people: people who want to be recognized and people who do not. In many cases, those who have done something great (at least they think or it looks like what they have done things greatly) always want recognition, and those who have not, usually would rather be forgotten. As different as they can be, they, however, have one thing in common; they always want themselves to be the best they can be. For instance, there are many super star celebrities who have high popularities. One thing that I noticed from them is that, it is nearly impossible to see them embarrassing themselves under the spot light. They basically always have the best appearance, because they want recognition from people.
I have ambition for learning math and physics, because they are my favorite subjects. My favorite books, besides comic books and some interesting stories, are math and physics related books. I often spend quite a long time to learn those. Besides taking those classes, I even learn them from a web site that has the lectures of college physics and math. My goal is to learn them in great detail, and knowing everything that I can know. I think they shape both of my opinion and my self-worth. Basically it makes me think that I am good at those subjects, and also give me confidence to do things. After all, I do want people to recognition on the accomplishment I have on the things I have ambition for.
At this point in my life, my ambitions are too not only get in a good college, but also to get good grades and maintain those grades in college. However, sometimes I feel like those ambitions were strongly influenced by my parents and do not truly reflect my own ambition. If I had to say, my real ambition would be to live a happy life even if I don't necessarily possess material goods. No matter how we go about things in life, if we are not happy, we are not going to do a very good job at anything. When I am older and ready, I would like to start my own business. My ambitions do not shape my expectations for myself because I already hold high expectations for myself. Yet if I don't pursue my ambitions, I would feel that I let myself down considerably.
My ambitions are healthy because they help me strive to be the best I can be now and later on in my life. When I am unfocused, I begin reminding myself that education is the most important thing right now, and I get back on task. My ambitions also helps me block out every negative event that has impacted my life. Instead of dwelling on those events, I simply push it aside and not worrying about the past. I might be over-ambitious because sometimes I think about all the possible paths I can take, since each path we take leads to another. I wouldn't change my level of ambition because if I raise it, it might lead to too much pressure and stress. But if I lower it, my dedication and devotion to my education might decrease as well.
There are two types of people in the world, those who want to be in the spotlight all the time, and those who want to remain hidden. I think people want recognition to be rewarded for something good that they did. If people were not rewarded for what they did, i believe that they would eventually end up not doing good things anymore. If someone would volunteer at a local retirement home, and he was recognized for what he did, most likely he would continue volunteering.
I have an ambition for helping people. Someway, somehow, I want to help people better their lives. If its from talking with them to try to change their ways, to inventing something that will help shape their lives again. I think that these ambitions have helped me focus on moving forward with my life. Everyday i strive for doing at least one thing that will benefit someone else. If its something little, to something big, I want to help at least one person out there. I think these ambitions really do show what kind of person you really are.
The question why people want recognition goes back to the question of why people would want to be remembered. After all, if youre not recognized for anything, then you would never be remembered. That guy from Dante's Third Circle (I forgot his name already but its too late to take away any points =]) wanted to be remembered but also recognized. Although realized that he would be recognized for something bad, he wanted that spotlight nonetheless. My answer is the same then as it is now: those who crave the spotlight have a need to stand out among others, and also have a fear of being consumed by the waves of time. A good example of one who wants to be "in the spotlight" is Josef Stalin. This was a man who named a city after himself and had numerous statues of himself created. In addition, not only purged the people of Russia who opposed him, but who did anything but support him. This ensured that he would not fade into history as a simple leader figure but instead as someone who killed thousands (millions?) in order to preserve his place in time.
At the other side of the spectrum lie those who do not need special recognition of their actions. An example from history would be impossible for obvious reasons. So, I am forced to take an example from literature. In the book The Rising Darkness, a Starcraft book (I picked this up from my cousins house on accident and ended up reading it when I should have been doing calculus. But no harm done), a handful of marines realize that they are the only thing that can prevent the slaughter of millions of colonists. All they have to do is somehow divert the attention of the Zerg aliens, who have set their sights on a colonist city. However, they soon come to the understanding that even though their lives will be given so that millions more will live, their sacrafices will go unnoticed. When one of the marines angrily asks why he should give his life to defend people he has never met and who would never recognize his sacrafice, he is met with the response that if he doesnt, he will live, but with the blood of millions that he has never met but will always remeber on his hands. For these soldiers, the impending consequences of what would happen if they chose not to give their lives was enough to make them able to sacrafice themselves without any hope of recognition for their deeds. Sometimes, dire consequences can force even those committed to doing great and recognizable achievements into rethinking their priorities.
When it comes to achieving something and wanting recognition or not, I think it depends on the person. There isn't one certain exact thing that separates those who want the spotlight or not, but more on what people prefer. Everyone has different personalities and different comfort zones. I guess the people who do love or want the spotlight sometimes because of arrogance, but I honestly believe it has to do with personality. People that stay in anonymity probably feel satisfied with achieving what they did without receiving recognition. Their reasons may be personal, occupational, etc. but some just don't need or want the spotlight. Others, on the other hand, might only feel satisfaction when their hard work is recognized in the public and when they are in the spotlight, receiving a lot of attention. There is a variety of different personalities and preferences. I do not believe that there is anything distinct that separates these two types of people.
Regarding my future career, I want to go into an occupation involving young children. Nothing medical since I can't handle that sort of stuff, but something along the lines of teaching or Occupational Therapy. The act of teaching little kids in their times of adolescence, for some reason, really fascinates me. And, of course, I love and enjoy being around children. I do not fear being ready or not for the job, but I fear that I won't go towards the path that I want or wanted for myself. There are always some twists and turns in life, and I'm concerned that there will be something that will come up that will cause me to change my plans for the future.
I want to say first that I love that quote from Abraham Lincoln.
I agree that the pursuit of power is the pursuit of independence, to have control over one's life. But I don't agree that's entirely what the pursuit is. We often look for the reasons behind our longing for recognition, but the desire for recognition itself might be the reason behind. I would say that very few actually doesn't want any recognition. Most people who'd rather stay in anonymity are afraid of the pressures or the work to be done. Perhaps because I can't understand those who reject recognition, I think the desire is in almost everyone of us. It only makes sense to me if it's natural, no matter how much that sounds like an easy way out. I was reading the question " is it better to do things well in front of others or vice versa", and I just went, "come on, doing the same thing without recognition or praise?".
My ambition is, vaguely put, to live life to the fullest. The phrase might be a cliche, but it's still true nonetheless. And my ambition shapes me in every way. I hate to put a limit on myself, even when I realize its existence. Yet I think for people who are regarded as too-ambitious in a negative way, overcoming the drive is one of the keys to achieve the ambitions. For me, in order to control my life I have to control myself first. That's been much of my constant struggles as I work towards my ambition.
Every old person would tell you, that they wish they had valued time more. They will say that the real lesson of life is to do want you want, to do what you need, and to start right away and never stop. I'm a PC, but I take Steve Jobs' word for motto, stay hungry, stay foolish.
People who do great deeds out of the kindness of their hearts is hard to come by. I believe that recognition is mostly sought after by prideful people. They go through the day seeking acknowledgment for their efforts. I am not implying that people who receive gratitude are prideful. I am saying that people who wait along the side to be noticed are only working diligently for their own benefit. Recently I have noticed that common courtesy is not longer common, unless in surrounded by the public eye. As for those who genuinely work hard not only for their benefit but for the benefits of others, I consider them my icons. I have witnessed many people who do great deeds and expect nothing in return. They go on making the world a better place in secrecy, their true kindness is what pushes me forward to best for not only myself but for others as well. I'm no angel, in fact far from it, but everyday I am reminded of selfless deeds and everyday I try to help out as much as I can.
My ambitions are a definite factor that has contributed into shaping me into the person I am today. Without it I would have continued through life roaming aimlessly for a reason to keep going.
When coming into this world, I viewed many things that have changed my thoughts, feelings, and the way I view the world. These thoughts and feelings were what shaped my life. These thoughts were given to me by my parents, who have brought me up to who I am today as a person. When I am adult, I hope to be economically stable and provide for my children to have a good education, and for my spouse to have a steady life. By achieving the above mentioned, a steady and comfortable life would be possible.
Yet, to achieve a stable and comfortable life, I need a good job. To do this, I need to go through college successfully and come out a smarter and better person. As a young child, I had many career options in my head. First, I wanted to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and then I wanted to be an Anesthesiologist. Thinking to myself, I knew I would have a lot of schooling ahead of me. As a senior in high school, I have narrowed down my career choices: become a pharmacist, physical therapist, or work with the U.S. Defense Department in Intelligence. Both a pharmacist and physical therapist can help people get better, in terms of health and wellness. Working with American Intelligence can help feed my desire to help my birth country and become a better informed citizen. Yet, sometimes I fear that I will not be able to go on the path I have created for myself.
Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “We are always getting ready to live but never living”. I fear that I will have to experience Mr. Emerson’s quote for myself. For example, I keep telling myself that I will have a stable career and enjoy it. Yet, by the time I start executing that job, I fear that I will eventually get tired of it. By getting tired of it, I may lose money, lose respect, get fired, and maybe even worse. Again, I am concerned because of Mr. Emerson’s statement. Yet, I must plan everything out carefully, I want to be remembered as a person who is finally stable and enjoys his career. I definitely do not want to end up like Ciacco the Hog.
The reasons to why some people want recognition are because they don't want to be just a working person that no one knows about. They don't want to be like the person in the back corner of class with his hood on that no one likes. These people want to be recognized for what they do in a way, it boosts their self-esteem and make them feel like they can accomplish anything. These people want others to see the abilities they and how good they can do things better than others. Having people recognize you where ever you go makes them feel good, as if they've accomplished something big in their life. This feeling of accomplishment is like greed for money. Once they get their hands on it and they find a way to achieve it, they'll go for it non stop. It's like ecstasy to them. Some people don't want to be the so called loners, who sit in the back corner, everyday being anti-social. They lose themselves over what makes them feel good.
On the other hand the people who want to stay in anonymity is the opposite of those who what recognition. These people have don't have a high self-esteem and so they don't need to do anything to make other recognize them. These people are the ones that sit in the back corner of the class with their hood on. They do anything big and eye catching like those who want recognition. Doing something better in front of others versus doing the same thing with the same passion not in front of others, is two different things. As we do something with our full will in front of others and get praise from them; it makes us feel like we had reason to do it. When we do things by ourselves with no one around to praise us or thank us, we wouldn't want to do it with a lot of energy because then it would be a waste of energy. Ciacco's last request in Dante's Inferno, hoping that he wouldn't be forgotten is related to this answer because even if he didn't do much to help the citizens, he wants people to be able to remember him. He can't stand not being remembered by anyone because of the feeling of emptiness and loneliness.
Why do we work so hard? Do we work hard for ourselves or for others? Basically, we work hard to play hard. We work hard to get things we want, and nonetheless, people would want their hard work recognized. People want recognition because its gives you the satisfaction of people appreciating your work and respecting that you had done your best. Some may say that people would rather stay in anonymity than spotlight, but it only depends on your situation. If you have done a great job, you would obviously want the credit for your work and be placed in the spotlight, but if you had done something not so great, and something to be shameful of, you would rather stay in anonymity because you wouldn't want others to see the bad work you had done. Refering back to working hard for recognition, can be the point of distinguishing the two kinds of people. In the world, there are those who strive to do the best and work hard, or those who don't work as hard and just do things passing by in the world.
I find myself always writing about color guard in my blogs, but it is such a big part of my life that I can't help but to do so. In color guard, each of us have great talent and have different ways we shine through them. Although, some don't believe that they have the talent so they loose their confidence of shining through. So what separates the two kinds of people is confidence, and courage. Do we have enough courage and confidence to strive for the best to earn that recognition? Or would you allow yourself to hide and shadow yourself? We have to give ourselves the right mindset of putting ourselves in the right position that is the best for ourselves. We have to be able to do something well in front of others to set a standard for yourself and others to put on for yourself. If no one would recognize you, no one would expect anything of you, but if you get recognition for something you have done, you have nothing but to strive greater from there.
Ambition is a strong drive for success. I believe that ambition is definitely the key character to obtain the power to become successful. Although, in some cases, ambition is also considered a sin, it is not necessarily a bad character to have. The desire, motive, and personality of a person will determine if ambition is healthy. For instance, a ruthless, yet ambitious person has the desire to rule the world so that he will have the power to make humanity suffer; his ambition would be unhealthy. Ambition in his situation would be a negative trait, but his over-ambitiousness also gives him the strength to be successful in his desires. However, if you switch the person with someone who is altruistic and ambitious, you would most likely say that his ambition will change the world to a better place.
I, like many others, want to be successful so I can live a satisfying life. My ambitions are my strengths. It helps me stay concentrated on my goals and it gives me motivation to keep on working hard. I am not over-ambitious because if something happens and throws me off the path I am on, I wouldn’t be angry and throw a tantrum, but instead, I will try to find another way to accomplish my desires. For me, it doesn’t really matter how I am going to get to where I want to be as long as I get there. If I have ambition, I don’t think anything exceeds my reach. But if I could choose to change my level of ambition, I wouldn’t. By raising my level, I know that with power comes great responsibilities, and honesty, I would feel insecure if other people are depending on me. The stress of having too much power is too overwhelming for me. By lowering my level, it feels like I have given up and that all my hard work was for nothing; I didn’t try hard enough. My confidence would drop, and everything would be so much harder to get things back to normal.
People usually seek attention by recognition or at least be in the spotlight. While some usually avoid attention. Perhaps the real divergence is the ones who desire to make a name for themselves. Like the suicide bombers. Most of the bombers use the excuse of religion for justification and also attention. They want to at least be remember. There are people, not like the bombers of course, seeks attention so they can leave a mark and not be a nobody.
To me, I'm cautious when it comes to ambitions. When it comes decisions, I'm cautious and never want to go over the top. However, sometimes I do go for my ambitions if I feel safe. I do tend become over ambitious when it comes to projects and essays. Sometimes I go overboard and usually give up. That's actually something that I should look out for in the future. In the future it may come back and ambition might come back.
There are probably many different reasons to why someone would want to receive recognition for what they have done. I can only think 3 to why people the spotlight. For some, they don’t feel that they have accomplished something important unless others think that the accomplishment was important. Some people just don’t have enough belief in themselves that they rely on how others think of them as how they see themselves. Another reason could be that they think that being in the spotlight just means that you’re better than those not in that spotlight. There is almost always one certain thing that someone wants to be better at than everyone else, whether it be the best basketball player, the best looking girl, etc. Their goal is just to be better than others and want those others to know it. The last one that I can think of is so that they can be remembered for what they have done. Some just feel that they haven’t left enough of a mark of themselves in the world unless the accomplish something that they can be remembered for. Everyone dies, but even through death you can still be remembered. I mean we still read Dante’s works and learned about his life even though he has been dead for hundreds of years, just because he is dead doesn’t mean people will forget who he was.
I personally think I’m nowhere near ambitious enough to leave a mark on those around me or on this world after my death. I’m not sure why, but my ambitions aren’t great. I just hope to become a better athlete, get to college, after college get a good job, after that go to graduate school, get a good job, and live a happy life. I’m pretty sure to some people they might think, why aim for so little. Well I personally think as long as I am happy with who I am it doesn’t really matter what others think of me or my goals, to me what really counts is how I feel about myself and whether or not I am happy about who I have become.
Fame, glory, attention, things that probably alot of people want, but at the same thing, those are the things that people try to stay away from. Some people love the spotlight and the recognition, such as those movie stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They practically live under the spotlight and probably love attention as well. As for others that stay in the down low, or keeps themselves from attracting any attention, most likely are timid, afraid of attention, and just makes them feel uneasy. I believe the environment that people live in separates the two because in some places, attention is good to have and such, like in Hollywood or some sort. While some people living in a completely different environment have to stay under the spotlight to adapt into their culture and sometimes for survival. I don’t think it’s necessarily better to do better when there’s recognition and fame awarded but rather a mindset in peoples’ minds to do a lot better in front of a group of people rather than doing it in private. Personally, I tend to do a lot better when there’s people watching rather than alone probably because I want to put an image in peoples’ minds that I can impress them in many ways. It depends on the people’s personalities and character that makes them either enjoy the spotlight, or hide in the shadows, whichever one they think will benefit them the most.
Sometimes my ambitions get the best of me and they are a major source of strength because it encourages me to strive even further for something I desire. My ambitions aren’t to the point where it becomes fantasy and out of reach, but rather something I can actually acquire. If I were to change the level of my ambition, I would probably lower it because I don’t want to be too ambitious about something I probably will never achieve of apprehend to the point where it’ll ricochet and hurt me in the long run. These ambitions can help in a big way though to push me through things that I would have never gone through if I didn’t have that desire, the fire to continue and live a different life everyday.
Most people would desire recognition or desire to be in the spot light while some would rather be in the dark. I would desire the recognition of my hard work even if not noticed by many. As long as there is someone that would appreciate the things that other people do, then you would be recognized even if a little. My ambitions are to become someone that would stand up to things that would go against the things that i think is wrong. These ambitions define me and shape who I really am. These ambitions help me to create an image of who I really am and who I may become. These ambitions that I have may lead me to many directions. One road that I may go down is becoming a archaeologist and traveling around the world on my many adventures. Kind of like Indiana Jones, but without the whip and the dangerous action scenes. Another road that I may go down is becoming a professional bowler. I would like to earn money while doing the things that I love. Overall, These ambitions lead us down many paths and help shape us into the people that we will become.
The desire for recognition for an accomplishment is often overrated. I believe that when you accomplish something, you yourself should have that sense of accomplishment, and that should be enough. However this topic relates to a much bigger philosophical idea. If a tree falls down in the middle of a forest, and no one is there to witness it, does it make a sound? I believe that it does, and this relates to the original topic because just because nobody is there to witness an accomplishment or good deed, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it. Unfortunately there are many people in the world who do good deeds or actions merely to appear good in front of their peers; and eventually, they get caught up in the lime light that they forget the reasons as to why they originally performed a good deed.
Your ambitions are definitely what shape your expectations of yourself. You create goals based on them. You work hard to accomplish them. And you feel satisfied when you reach them. In many popular belief systems, ambition is thought to be negative to the mind and soul. For example in the Hindu religion, people are meant to stay within their caste for eternity, being reborn over and over again in to the same social level. Once a peasant, always a peasant. However I believe that ambition is good. If everyone was content with their current lifestyle, how would the human race progress and become stronger? Would there be any incentive to develop new medicine? New cars? New cellphones? Most likely not. Ambition is what drives us to become better and stronger people.
At this point in my life, my ambitions are rather small. I do not aspire to be famous or do anything with recognition - recognition would be nice, but it is not a goal that I have. Other people want recognition for different reasons. Maybe, people want more attention from others, something people may have not had much of in their family life. There also could be an ulterior motive for wanting to be noted by others: to open up other opportunities such as jobs, travel, or just, like Ciacco's last request, to make sure the person is not forgotten. Or, one may want to seek fame to gain easy money, just as many celebrities that we see in popular culture do.
Now, what I want to do is get a good education to find a full-time career that I love, and after fulfilling my necessities of a comfortable life, which includes a family, I can help the community in whatever ways that I can. My dream is rather vague, although I do have a field of study and work in mind/ I do not aim to have a grandiose future, but that is just me. I should feel lucky for living in America, where everyone has a vast array of opportunities. I do not dream big, at least as of right now. There is definitely be a possibility that I may alter my dream later on, but right now, having a rather straightforward and minor ambition helps keep my life in order, allowing me to take small steps through the process of creating a good life for myself.
Everybody is different, but we have similarities that connect us with others; actions or ideas that bond us together through friendship or love. Changing what others think, and to stand out among others. For once in someone’s life, he or she would want to be a person presenting the speech, instead of sitting on a chair and takes notes. Though some people crave for attention, some others might want to have a low profile life. But I truly believe that, during some time of someone’s life, he or she wants to be known. We want to be recognized as a special person that can influence matters, express ourselves, and accepted by others that surround us. But it’s not unanimous; I believe people want to be recognized because they want to be someone special, to be able to make a difference. And such act is not arrogance; instead I think its something much greater. It gives a person a reason to live, to continue striking for the goal of his life. Hoping that one day he will make a difference, or simply to be remembered by others. To achieve greatness in life and be able to sit in a couch and tell my son “I did it”. To leave a name behind that will not die along with one’s death; to be remember by friends, loved ones, and family members.
My goals encourage me to strike, to take risks, hoping to someday achieve it. It is a force that drives me through hardship. In difficult times it provides me with strength to overcome obstacles and follow the path that I mapped out. My goal is to be successful in college, get a job, be able to help others, and one day be able to support my family. It might not sound big, compare to others who dreamed for freedom and equal rights, but it gives me the power to continue fighting. I definitely would choose to raise the level of my ambition, but only if it’s within reach. I can dream as much as I want, but unless if I can do it, the dreams will stay as dreams.
Recognition is what makes us feel important. Being acknowledged by your most precious people makes us feel important. For some, they do not want to be viewed at all and others some. People who do not want to be view are because they are either shy or they look badly at themselves. People who wants to be recognized are the ones who likes to be remembered. Doing a good job does not mean that there will be recognition but only satisfaction. People recognize others only when they think they did a hard work to be able to finish something and not because they did something good.
Ambitions, my ambition is just to live a good life when I live alone deciding for myself. Of course, I would have sad times but what I mean is that I would have a normal life where it feels peaceful. My ambitions changed me because it pushes me to work harder in order to have a better life in the future. In some other occasions, it makes me feel lazy and stops me from working on what I was supposed to do. If I was able to do so, I would change the level of my ambition. I would make it little more harder in order to make my life easier in the future. By changing levels, it can either make you work harder or it could make you give up depending on the hardness of your ambition.
We want recognition because we want to be known to the world. We are remembered by how we impact others and thus we change the world. I believe that everyone should strive to seek recognition because it is somewhat proof of our accomplishments. I don’t want to be remembered but I do want to impact the world. I want there to be meaning to my existence in the perspective of humans and hopefully influence someone’s life so that they can make their dreams a reality.
My ambitions are very simple and that is to be able to have the opportunity to have a family of my own and support that family. I’m probably going to pursue a career in finance or engineering because that is a strong subject for me. I don’t think of a career as something you must love to do but it would be nice nonetheless. I believe that if I am good at something, I should abuse that strength to achieve my ambitions. However, when I am the appropriate age to take on a job, I am constantly worried that there is always someone better than I am at that thing. I feel like I don’t deserve to do something because I am not good at it. I believe that my ambitions are healthy and more than possible but I am going to have to overcome some psychological obstacles to be the best I can be.
Living a fulfilling life, that's what everyones ambitions should be. Being able to accomplish everything you wanted to do before you die. Of course, it's obviously that no man can do such, but we still give our best. I try hard to spend everyday of my life fulfilling as much as I can. I try to experience something new everyday, whether it's something positive or negative, as long as I'm able to learn something new, I'm satisfied to know that at the end of the day, I've learned something new. I don't know if I'm ready for the future. I believe no one knows exactly what they will be like in the future. Life's an adventure, live it like one. Everyday is different, one day you joined band just to be with your friends, the next day you find out that you're in love with it.
Why do people want recognition? Because they don't want to be remembered as that guy I knew. They want to leave an impact on peoples lives which would make them remember who that person was and how they impacted their lives. I don't think the difference between those who wants the spotlight and those who would stay anonymous comes from arrogance, I believe it's because they chose that type of life. A life of peacefulness rather than a life full on attention from others, some people just chooses that type of life. It's not that these people don't work well in front of others, it's just these people would rather live a peaceful and quiet life rather than a life full of attention.
There are numerous circumstances why various people would steer towards the spotlight, in many cases, for fame and glory. I believe wanting recognition is just a natural human behavior for everyone. If we do something good, we naturally wanted to be recognized and praised for what we have done because it feels good to be special. In addition, many people crave the spotlight in order to gain attention and wealth for their own. There are numerous people who refused to be in the spotlight thinking it as unnecessary and inconvenient. I find that it is because of their shyness and cannot bear the weight of the fame they would received. Because after the moment of glory, the recognition they received would eventually become an expectation for the them.
Even though receiving recognition is a good thing, constantly craving it would only makes a person arrogant, overconfident, and a showoff. I think people should draw a bigger circle around themselves, seeing things beyond what they perceive if they really want that much spotlight. Having this much recognition only gives a person more responsibilities to uphold after what they have gained through the spotlight. To me, constantly seeking the spotlight is worse than not wanting to get any at all. Because greed is always worse than being diffident. Not everyone will receive and want recognition, but I believe everyone should at least receive some because it is a good thing to have recognition and attention. It shows that we have done a good job on something, and that it is something we should be proud of.
I am dare to say that I know I am controlling the direction of my life and it is going exactly the way I wanted it to go.
Before I was twelve, I was never willing to step out of my comfort zone. Everything I did was depended on my parents, who signed me up for violin lessons, piano lessons, vocal lessons, painting lessons and many other extracurricular activities regardless if I liked them or not. Never had I let them down because I knew exactly what they wanted me to be: a versatile person. Therefore, no matter how much I disliked waking up at nine every weekends in order to prepare for the classes, I never spoke up for myself, neither did I know how to speak up.
After I had been to four countries to study abroad, opened up myself to the others, became an independent person, I eventually found out what I want to do most in my life- master languages and explore the world. That is why I have moved from Hong Kong to Boston, from Boston to Los Angeles, and soon enough to New York. I do not want to settle down in a place and keep myself isolated from the rest of the world.
I am ready to chase my dream when I look around and realized how many friends I have made around the world and how much risks I have taken in order to become the person I am today. After I go to college and grad school, I hope to keep traveling, exploring and more important, learning about myself. And this is my ambition, I want to be able to travel to many places that none of my friends has ever traveled to, to be the "cool" one. But the one that pull me back is the fact that I do not get to spend much time with my family, who live in Hong Kong. Although they are my priority, I sometimes see them blocking me away from my ideal future. I don't know what I am going to do about it yet, but hopefully I will someday.
My ambition in life is to create a successful company or business that follows closely with the latest advances in technology and society. I believe that underlying any successful business is one's ability to take risks and willingness to educate oneself. As such, I believe that success is an equal combination of luck, talent, and determination which requires one to be motivated in order to reach anywhere. With the future in mind, the next short-term goal is simply to provide a stable income and a stable job, which may not be possible. I do believe that my aspirations has shaped me into the person that I am today, especially in regards to my work habit. Without any motivation, I would have zero determination to reach anywhere and will continue on through high school unable to find any meaning in my work. As a result, I work hard and will continue to work hard for as long as life takes me.
As a result of my ambitions, I plow through each day with strength and determination because each and every day is another challenge. I believe that this ambition is healthy, as I have a reason to go through decades and years of school. I have made my ambitions a long-term goal because in life there are many other priorities that take precedence over my long term-goals. Primarily, I work the hardest that I can right now to achieve my day goals and my short-term goals. It is through these sub-goals that I will be able to achieve success and prevents me from becoming overly ambitious. My ambition has little to do with my day-to-day operations, as a majority of it is placed on the backburner, and will remain off until I have gained the necessary security and freedom to open a business. The only part of my goal that remains active is my drive and my determination to aim straight for the center.
People want recognition because they want to be recognized, to be remembered. In hindsight, it parallels Ciacco’s final request to Dante. For some people, recognition is a source of their power. For instance, celebrities in the entertainment world are primary examples of this kind of people, because they could only be famous if they gain recognition. Moreover, recognition reminds people of the value they hold in other people’s eyes. By gaining recognition, their confidence and self-worthiness swell as well. I do not believe people who crave the spotlight are selfish because it is simple an aspect of their persona Vice versa, people who rather stay in anonymity are simply displaying their personality in their lives; they do not crave attention. It is also unfair to label the latter shy or timid because there is nothing wrong to be doing the same things offstage as opposed to on stage. This kind of people prefers to do things behind the spotlight, and it is perfectly logical in my opinion. The distinction between the two kinds of people is simply their personalities. One is daring to perform in the public to gain attention while the other is fulfilling his or her role behind the scene.
My ambition is to become a scientist and discover new medicines to cure some diseases that are incurable as of right now. My ambition does shape my expectations of myself because I understand my ambition would be hard to achieve, some may even call it a lofty ideal. However, I always believe that if no one is daring to attempt, then nothing would ever achieved. My ambition motivates me to pay close attention to certain subjects in school, because it would have a big effect on my career in the future. However, the career I want to pursue is different from my ambition. In fact, rather than a scientist, I want to be a sports agent who helps athletes negotiates contracts with their organizations. I have always admired people like Scott Boras, a sport agent renowned for his negotiating tactics. Because under his belt, Boras has been negotiating contracts for several superstar athletes, he has the leverage and benefit to become a force to be reckoned with in the business aspect of sports. On a side note, he is making a lot of money as well.
The dictionary definition says that an ambitious person is someone who is “eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.” I’ve always considered myself ambitious because I set goals that I know are difficult for me to reach, but I don’t know if I’m ambitious according to that definition. The source for my drive comes more from my self-discipline and the moral standards I hold for myself than my desires to reach my goals. I’m very nonchalant about the actual results of my efforts.
For example, throughout high school, I have skipped many sleepovers with friends and other fun activities in order to do schoolwork. My goals have always been to get straight A’s every semester, and I would say that I work hard to reach those goals. However, whenever I receive bad grades on my tests (and there have been many), I honestly don’t care. You’d think you’d at least feel disappointed that you failed to reach a goal after countless hours of perseverance, stress, and setbacks (in terms of goals larger than grades).
I spent my winter break glued in front of the computer, painstakingly editing all of my college application essays until the last day possible and finally turned them in as dawn broke on New Year’s Day. I realized during my nonexistent winter break that I didn’t work so hard because I wanted to get into college per se; I worked hard for the process of building discipline and diligence.
After college apps, I realized that I want A’s less because of the actual A’s and the recognition I would get from people, but more because A’s would validate that I worked really hard and serve as a reward for that hard work. In general for all the goals, I remain quite forgiving of myself for reaching short of my goals, because I don’t desire the actual results. All I need to know is that I gave my all while working towards my goal. So if I get rejected from my top choice schools, I think I will probably still be satisfied just knowing that I did everything I could.
"What do you want to do when you grow up? " was one of the most common question being asked in my life. From kindergarten's policemen and firemen, 5th grade's lawyer, 7th grade's doctor, and to now a scientist. My direction was changing as I grew up and experienced more about the world. And yes we do have to take the responsibility of choosing our career, so that's why it was so important to pick a good one and that's why it had been changing overtime. I am not a person who would take risk, and I need evidence and information to support everything, included my career. So I did do some works to learn more about the careers. In kindergarten policemen and firemen are the heroes in our heart, but after I realize the risk one have to take and the physical requirement I forfeited. Same as doctor and lawyer, the time they had to spend in college and the amount of things they had to memorize had scared me away. And now I worried scientist would not be my choice either, since I did not do really well on AP Chem. Which is the basic for every area of science, and there are still tons and tons more waiting on my way in college. Even I might not be able to be a scientist, but I might become a science teacher. So I had decided to take science for major. So I guess I could say I am ready.
Many of the reasons for which people seek recognition have to do with concern for appearance and fame. To me the difference between two people who can accomplish the same things with and without recognition is the motive behind their actions. The person who prefers the spotlight is working only or partly for the recognition that comes with their accomplishment while person who does not need the spotlight is working solely for the good that their accomplishments will bring. There are when times being in the spotlight is necessary, for example our president Barack Obama. As president he can influence our nation far more than he ever could as a senator and that spotlight is needed to accomplish the things he has set out to do. However, when something can be accomplished without receiving recognition it is always better to do it without recognition and praise because it eliminates the need to worry over it when more important things can be done.
There was a quote I read in a magazine by Kevin Garnett that relates to this: "It's amazing what you can accomplish when no one cares about who gets the credit." Basketball provides a pretty good example this, there are players that seek the spotlight and others who do not crave it yet can accomplish the same things. The difference between them is that some play for recognition and those to play to win and can accomplish the same thing without having their concern for recognition interfere with their other goals (winning).
Totally forgot about the blog until a friend reminded me just now.
I think people desire recognition because it is a part of human nature to want to be acknowledged. When you see someone in the spotlight, that person will be the least likely to have desires to blend in with the crowd. Personally, any recognition that I seek to pursue is based on the fact that I want to appear a certain way. The way people attribute certain actions to you defines how they see you in correlation to how they view that specific action. While I don't necessarily seek to become well known by recognition for my actions, the recognition I gain through what I do sets me apart from other people. I view myself a certain way, and recognition from others kind of reassures me because I know I'm not the only person who thinks that way. No matter if the reaction was negative or positive, being acknowledged by other people helps me have a good look at my own identity.
I think that the difference between those who want recognition and those who don't, besides the obvious issue of greed for fame or glory, has to due with security in their sense of self. Those who need to be acknowledged or remembered in any extent lack the ability to absolutely trust their own judgment of self, while those who remain anonymous after a good or bad deed have faith in the nature of what they did and do not need others to confirm their opinions. Ciacco belongs to the former group. He may have been a bad person, but the fact that he had an identity proves that he existed. He wouldn't have needed recognition from others (people who remembered him) to confirm that he was what he was. As for whether it's better to do a good deed in silence or do a good deed in the limelight, I believe it's all about intention. If the reason you committed such a deed was for selfish reasons, no matter whether you have been recognized for it or not, a selfish intention forms a selfish deed. However if the result is the same no matter the intention, then I don't really believe that there's a difference.
PS: It was really hard for me to put in words how I wanted to answer the question, so sorry if it makes no sense.
Sorry, I did not have time to do the blog until now because I had family situations this entire week, and I just got back from a funeral for a family friend.
Most people desire recognition because they want to be those who are acknowledged. People want to stand out. What splits the people who desire anonymity or the spotlight is the fact that some people realize that they are naturally more humble. Humility is a trait that most people lack. Another distinction is the fact that they like the attention. It is better to do things in a way that people recognize you for. If people do not recognize you for the work that you did, it would seem meaningless and discouraging. It feels discouraging if no one appreciates the hard work you did only to be dismissed for something else. If no one praises you for the work you did, why should you continue?
My ambition is to be able to live happily and follow my dreams. I do not desire to be famous or rich. My ambition has kept me in check by reminding me that I serve as a pattern for other people. My ambition does shape who I am and that it helps me live with this goal in mind. My ambition shapes my life into constantly reminding me what my life is for. As long as I am in control in my life, I want to research in the world of science. My goal is not to win the Nobel Prize, even though that would be really cool, but just to know more about science. I am ready to take this job because of all the experiences I have had. School and my entire life have prepared me well to go live the world on my own. Knowing what my older siblings have experienced have made me ready for my future life. My ambition is not overly ambitious, and I would not do anything to change it.
People simply want credit for their accomplishments. They want praise, compliments, and they want people to recognize them so they can feel good about themselves. Some people are too humble for all the attention because it makes them feel uncomfortable. You know these people aren’t driven for such superficial reasons. If they’re doing something good, it’s for that feeling of accomplishment that they get or to simply help others. Unfortunately, I feel like this is pretty rare to come across. It’s way better to do something without an audience and without expecting any praise, because that would mean that attention is not your sole motivation for everything. It shouldn’t be, but sadly, it is for many people. Maybe that’s my misconception, but that’s probably because I don’t notice those people who shy away from the spotlight (because, well, they’re not in the spotlight). Ciacco is one of those shallow people who are desperate for acknowledgement, even if it is for something negative.
I never really thought about it before, but yes, my ambitions do shape my sense of self-worth. When I think about what I want to accomplish in life, I’m forced to address my abilities and my limits. This shapes how I look at and value myself. I’ve grown kind of used to people underestimating me and dismissing me as just average, but I want to be able to prove that I’m more intelligent than that. I know I can even now, but people don’t consider me intelligent until they get to know me. I want to be somewhere where people don’t even have to question my intelligence—they automatically know that I’m not that average person. I know I’m not the smartest or the most responsible or the most creative, but I realized that I have enough potential to amount to something at least relatively significant in my life. I just need to put in enough effort.
Many people in the world have ambitions and most of them are worth sacrificing for. Ambition is what drives me to work harder everyday, even if it doesn’t always work. Ambition is important to me, because the desires that I want is so strong, sometime it changes me. It drives me to think how to solve problems differently if I were to achieve my goals. They are the main source of my energy to change me to a better person as well as reaching to my goals. Everyone needs a positive ambition in life so that they can become a better person.
I want to work hard in college. I will study hard for two years and transfer to a better undergraduate school. I will go to a graduate school and study. Then I will come out with a decent job. Then for the rest of my life, I will save up money and help out charity. The necessary steps that I need to take is that I need to be less lazy and more hard working. I need to study often. I would also need to change my bad habits. I don’t think I m ready but things are throw are you even if you are not ready for it. So I would be worry, but I will also prepare myself for anything that comes at me.
People obviously desire recognition for the purpose of being noticed. Some wish to be noticed for their prowess, for merely existing, or standing for something much more significant than they. Recognition falls under the definition of just more than receiving attention, but gaining the appreciation of your peers by performing a reputable action. However, some individuals wish to remain in anonymity for the admirable things they have done, denying the spotlight. They deny recognition inclined to thinking that it was their human duty and nothing to be admired for. I believe that admirable actions should be recognized because of its rarity in society today. These actions include: chivalry, respect, courage, loyalty, and honor. When ever I receive recognition, it’s not for the fame or the glory, but for being recognized as an admirable character.
“If you want to stand out, don’t be different, be outstanding.”
Ambition varies differently among individuals in society. Some have an appetite for money, some power, others fame. Some people don’t even have ambitions at all. That used to be me once. I was so caught up with instant gratification instead of looking at the bigger picture. I gouged my eyes out from looking at what life would be like outside of high school and what the future held for me. I was a loser. However, realization came in the nick of time and I came to see that I was following a path into a purposeless life. With my eyes clearly opened now and redemption gained, the general outline of my ambitions is to: live a happy life, fulfilling my life’s purpose at my utmost highest potential. Sounds cliché, but it’s something I truly aspire for. Setting these ambitions has helped me shape my character into someone that I could never call a loser again.
“Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am sure that more people in the world would rather have fame and fortune and want all the recognition they can get. On the other hand, there are those that do not need as much recognition. The difference is that those people that want all the recognition and to be put in the spotlight are not satisfied with who they are and that people will not respect them as much. They have to have all the glory. Sure everybody would want it, but those that do not crave for it have a better head on their shoulders. They are those people who have self respect and are not selfish but like the comfortable life they have. For me, of course I would want to be famous, who wouldn't, but if I do not get famous, it will not affect me in any way. Fame and fortune is just you spending more than you need. If I lived a comfortable life, I would be happy as well.
For me, ambition drives me to be the best I can be at all times. I do not try to get good grades because I have to, it is mainly because I want to. Ambition is like an energy boost of confidence keeping you strong and helping you succeed in life. You have to prepare to succeed, you cannot just get it. Very few in the world can and those are the ones that are blessed with a great talent in whatever they do. But those people also had ambition driving them to reach the top. Everybody's definition of ambition, but we can all agree that it is something that you need to have to succeed.
What do I want to do? All I (and I think everyone else in the world) want to is succeed. Graduate, go to college get a part-time job, graduate college, get in to a career and stabilize my life, have a family, raise my kids, and retire to enjoy the world with my loved one. The cookie cutter to a happy life is definitely fine for me and I would be very satisfied. I don't know which career I want to look in to yet; it's a very hard question for me to think about because everything and nothing interests me. It's like looking for the best blade of grass, nothing stands out to me right now and i still have exploring to do. In due time though, I know, I will figure everything out. Just have to keep my eyes open.
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As far as my ambitions go all I want to do is make my family proud of me. My drive is what they will think of me as I'm on the journey of my life. My parents, grandparents, uncles, cousins, aunts, whatever. I must have their approval because there have been people in my family that have been a disappointment and I refuse to go down like that. My family is my inspiration and my ambition is to succeed to please them. My ambitions do shape my opinion of myself because I know what I have to do and I will complete whatever it is I have to do to meet my ambitions. My mind is set on how things are going to go and I will not disappoint.
There are some people who want to be recognized. They want to be remembered because of some reasons. However, there are also some people who don't want to be recognized. These two kinds of people play different roles in society and also there’re different kinds of situations. People who do great thing want to be praised or do it without leaving their names. There’s no right or wrong between these two types of people. They deserve to be praised. Just the one who does good things without leaving their name values more.
From our logic, people who do bad thing don’t want to be recognized. However, this is not always true. In the Dante, Ciacco asked Dante to remember him. Ciacco is a person who did a lot of bad thing in Florence. His request to Dante seems ridiculous. I believe this is the other kind of people who live in society. I have seen a piece of news about a person who escaped from prison posted up a video on the internet to provoke the police. This action is very unbelievable, and more and more people start knowing him. I can not understand what they are thinking. I think they just want to leave their steps on history even it is considered bad.
People want recognition because they want credit for what they’ve done. It takes courage to do some of the things we accomplish in life so it’s natural to want to be remembered for them. We like to feel important and special and I personally like the attention. I believe everyone likes attention deep down but they just don’t know how to accept it or how to react to it. They’re uncomfortable being praised because they’re not used to it. For me, praising and compliments motivates me to excel and continue in what I was already doing. I love compliments; it makes me feel good about myself. Unlike Ciacco, I’d rather be recognized for the good things that I’ve done or be forgotten forever. I wouldn’t want people to remember me negatively because after I’m dead there would be no way that I could change that.
Since I was a child, even when I lived in Australia, I’ve always had the cliché ambitions of going to Harvard or Stanford and becoming a successful lawyer or doctor. It was set in stone since my parents continuously told me that that was my future and the path to becoming successful. All I wanted when I was younger was to be rich so I could buy and have anything that I ever wanted. As I grew older my ambitions changed as I realized that they were very unhealthy, and truthfully unrealistic. My new ambitions are to be happy in life and to do what I enjoy doing rather than what earns the biggest paycheck. Since writing isn’t really my passion or forte I really want to pursue a career in either business or medicine. In a way I can’t really determine what I want to do in college because my parents still have a big influence in what I want to do in college, they’re the ones paying for tuition. My parents are pretty determined that I should take up medicine which I don’t mind, but I don’t know if I want to spend all those years in school. I still have time to figure it out we’ll see what happens.
My ambitions when I got to high school changed drasticall
y and the competition in Arcadia somewhat discouraged me. Hearing about how competitive it was to get into all these colleges made me feel like I didn’t really have a chance. It didn’t really motivate me to work harder it just motivated me to settle for less. I should have worked harder in high school but there’s nothing I can do now I just have to accept it.
People want recognition due to praise, honor, and it’s somewhat a title that is prestigious. Although it may seem that people want it for the spotlight, but there are times that people are a lot more different than you think. Everyone around the world is somewhat different than everyone else. Personally I’m someone that has a hobby of being a mechanic. I love the fact that how car engine’s have a deep raspy tone, the different types of mechanics that need to be done, and most of all building a car from the bare frame. Many times I would start working on my own car from ten in the morning til the next day when the sun comes up. I never really realized all the blood and sweat that I used in order to finish the final project. When I finally finish the project I stand back and feel the sense of accomplishment while I love staying anonymity for what I’ve done. I truly love my own hobby because there’s times where turning a torque wrench is the only thing that can keep my mind off of things. However there are people in this world who enjoy the same things I do but, also love the praise that people give to them that’s why they advertise their project into high profile magazines.
From the definition of ambition from dictionary.com “an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth.” Honestly working on my car is the only ambition that I’m truly proud of because personally I’m someone who isn’t so great in school, I don’t have any siblings younger or older, and my parents are rarely home. Everyday within my life is almost as if it was an routine. Later on in life I still don’t quite know what I want to do in the future, but I do know it’s either going to become a certified ASC mechanic or be able to work with my family under their business. Every time I finish a project car and when I sit in the driver seat and crank the key hearing the engine turn on I feel a warm sensation that covers all over my body.
After living in many cities and moving from school to school, I totally have complete control over my life. As a young child I never really had an support in anything I did basically, I had to make myself have it’s own support in everything I accomplished. Everyday is just another day that I feel I always have to do better than the other.
Recognition is something that can be used in both a positive and negative way. Through others acknowledgement, one can feel their own self-worth. When we are in the spotlight we have a chance to be seen for something great. It rewards us with the feeling that we did something worth seeing. On the other hand recognition can also lead to untruthful judgements. People can see the spotlight goer as an attention seeker or someone to use as an example for what one should not do. Both want acceptance, but express it in different ways. The center stager wants acceptance through attention while the shy desires it, but would rather avoid the negative consequences. This distinction in desires is what separates the two different categories.
Some might argue that a compassionate person will not care if they are being recognized for doing something good. However, the element of acceptance is still there. Even if they are not seeking acceptance from others, they are finding acceptance for themselves. By doing what they believe is right is another way to feel accomplished, as a reassurance to themselves that they were able to do something for someone else. This feeling of acceptance ties the two people in at least one similarity despite the "division" that most seem to want to see.
In my Freshman year I was persuaded to join Key Club, because they offered fun events that I could receive volunteer hours from. After a year of fun-filled of volunteering in Key Club I wanted to become more involved, so I decided to run for office with my friends. What motivated me to run was not the recognition that I would receive from becoming an officer, but the sheer joy of having an opportunity to be more involved. However, as the year came to an end, some of my friends did not want to run for office again. Confused, I pondered why they refused to run for office again. Did not they have the same joy I had as being an officer? Well, I learned that some people like me love the praise for a job well down, while others would rather go unnoticed. I assume this mentality comes living with my parents for so many years. My parents would constantly only recognize me for my failures, and not my accomplishments. So, Key Club was my sanctuary, a place where I would be recognized for my work.
I have extremely high ambitions for myself, and at times I set them too high,and it is impossible for me to reach them. When I do not reach the goals that I set for myself, I become discouraged and give up in reaching my goals. Although I know that this is an extremely bad habit to have, it is really hard for me to break it. Before in the beginning of this year, I wanted to become a doctor. But after working for a doctor for over a year I have realized that it is not the job for me. But I know that I still want to have a career in the medical field, so now my ambition is to become a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry.
People want recognition because it makes them feel satisfaction. When people are recognized they feel loved and that others care for them. Some that care for anonymity rather than spotlight are those that are self confident or are to scared to face the “stage.” I do not believe that arrogance is a key player in whether or not a person prefers the mass attention or to be anonymous. I believe some people are raised in an environment that makes them crave the spotlight rather than be anonymous while the opposite is true for others. When someone does something in front of another person and receives recognition it makes them more confident and causes them to become better at whatever that activity may be and I think that is why it is better to receive praise and recognition than receive nothing.
My ambitions are a source of strength because they are the goals that I have set before me to strive to achieve. I think that ambitions are amazing tools to have because they force you to work hard in order to reach the things you want the most. Even in my most over-ambitious times I feel that my reach may exceed my grasp or abilities but because my ambitions increased I would now have to change myself to become the bigger and better person it would take to reach all of those goals.
Recognition, the identification of something as having been previously seen, heard, or known. One of the most wanted things we think about when we get old. What we were really recognized for, and if it were positive or negative things. There are really just two kinds of people relating to this topic, and this including everyone. In the simplest way, its about wanting it, or not wanting it. This has been a topic that we keep coming back to over and over again this semester, wanting to be recognized as something positive or negative, will the person want to still be recognized if the sayings are negative. People who aim to be recognized want to be known for at least something that they did in life so that their lives are not wasted, to be honest, I believe that everyone have thought about leaving a mark and not just their remains.
I remember when I had a fight with my brother about my way of seeing life, I told him that I would be the one who wants to leave a positive mark, who will be remembered for years. Because if not, life is wasted after relatives and friends pass away. When I have control of my own life, I would very much so want to finish culinary school, and sometime later start my own restaurant. During this, I would like to teach others who work at my place, leaving my mark of my skills and my character to recognition. If I were to be awarded or made famous, I would be fine with that too! These things do really shape how I am in life, the things that we want, that we hope for, shape how we handle different situations that relates to the future. And I think that it is healthy to have a source of ambition inside, it gives strength to keep going even facing failure, because if this were something one truly wants, there is nothing that will get in one’s way.
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