Monday, January 5. 2009
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
One of the most interesting aspects of power is the ambition required to hold it – and the desire for recognition that comes with holding it!
We’ve studied power from Cady’s, Siddhartha’s, Neo’s, and Hrothgar’s perspectives. Cady’s experiences seem to demonstrate that power can be relative – and transitory; Siddhartha holds that power is a purely mental matter; Neo believes that power is a matter of feeling like you have control over yourself; Hrothgar argues that power is intoxicating to even the best of us, and that it inevitably corrupts those who hold it.
Now let’s take a look at power from another perspective. 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 (namely, why would anyone want power – and all the recognition that comes with it?), and Lady Macbeth’s presence in Macbeth allows us to expand these questions.
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 – but 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).
We find a counter-argument to Creon’s assertions when we study Lady Macbeth. She’s an intelligent, assertive, self-aware individual with a warrior’s spirit – but she married a husband with a less ferocious nature than her own, and she’s suffocating in a domestic setting that she’s seemingly powerless to alter. When a chance to better herself presents itself through Macbeth’s promotion (and prophecy), she can’t wait to act – but she’s understandably frustrated when her means of acting resists her. She doesn’t control Macbeth like a puppet, but it’s only through him that she can bring about the change she desires; her society won’t let her do otherwise.
On one side of the coin, we have Creon, comfortably settled in a pressure-free position of influence. On the other, we have Lady Macbeth, seething as her husband waffles in the face of a decision he already pledged he’d made – indeed, a decision she has the strength of spirit to make.
What’s separating these two? And how can we understand both sides?
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 Michael Jordan 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. (Think of this explanation as a hybrid of the four positions expressed at the beginning of the post.)
However, many people also want to be seen as powerful. It’s not enough 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?
What are your ambitions? Do your ambitions shape your expectations for yourself? Do they shape your opinion of yourself?
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 can 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.
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?
I think that's enough to get you started. Please respond to this post by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 6th. 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. Your post should be at least two seven-sentence paragraphs long.
As an additional wrinkle, you are required to write a four-sentence (minimum) response to at least two other posts. (Your post will not be graded unless you provide feedback!) Make sure the response is a legitimate continuation of the discussion the poster has started with his/her comment! I will provide you with model responses to the first couple of comments I see, but you’ll probably be able to use your best judgment when it comes to these.
Best of luck, and Happy New Year!
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People in this world want to be recognized because of fame. They want other people to notice them and they want attention. But it can also be the respect that they want. They want to be recognized for who they are only for the good and not for the bad. Most people want the good part of them out there instead of the bad part of them out there. The people want to hear the good things not the bad things. Yes, there are some people who crave the fame, but some people who stay anonymous. I think staying anonymous is sometimes better because a person might not be able to take up such high responsibilities or such high of praise. In fact, some people are shy to be praised. They just want to help others without a spotlight on top of them. They also probably think that it is useless to be recognized. I mean, what’s the point right? For me, I think it’s neutral and it really depends on the person themselves. If they want to do it in public, that means they want to be recognized and vice versa, they might do it anonymously because they don’t want to be recognized. I don’t think there is a better or a worst.
My ambitions are of course to get into a good college and a good job. Probably just like everyone else. Since my life is under my hands, I want to take all the responsibilities that I have and put it into work. I also want to make better of myself. I don’t just want to be a regular Sandy. I want to be a successful Sandy. :] I think my ambitions are healthy, but sometimes ambition can get people lost in their senses. They can do anything to reach their goal. Like kill someone, trick someone, etc. Most of the time, ambition is a good thing, but sometimes, we have to watch out, because it can also definitely hurt us.
Sandy, i think my ideas is exactly the same as yours. I believe that some people wanted to be recognized because of fame and be popular and all that. While others just don’t want to be noticed. You are absolutely right where it really depends on how they think. no one can judge or control other people's life except themselves. Having an ambition is great especially a positive one. I like how you have an idea that you don’t want to be a normal self but a successful one. I think everyone should have that in mind. It is very important. But most importantly, we definitely should have a positive ambition because we don’t want to kill others or do anything bad just to achieve what we wanted.
Ambition is what makes us great, like what separates us from being a common teenager to a "super" teenager. I agree with your point how ambitions can get people lost in their senses, but hey, what's better than living in a dream world, where you get whatever you want? But I am sure once the cruelty of reality hits, people will come back to their senses and realize some impossibilities. Don't be afriad. Add oil Sandy!
LOOK OUT HERE'S GOOD SANDY! I agree with you. A lot of us have the same ambitions you have. We just need to strive to obtain the ambitions. Some people might want it for the fame and stuff but we have to pay attention to the ones that we don't really notice. They're the ones that make a difference.
Yes, people want to be recognized because of fame, they are arrogant. Many people like to show off; even I sometimes like the feeling of being recognized when I do good things. Ambition is negative only when people are over ambitious for something. Ambitions are good for a person as long as they are not lost in their senses.
I’m actually glad that we get to write about this topic because it just so happens that I’ve recently finished watching this Korean soap opera about these two girls who’ve been rivals at everything since they were young; sharing the same dream, wanting the same men, and being jealous of each other. But every single time the evil one wins them all over, and it is because of her over-ambitiousness. She literally did whatever it took to get what she wanted. For example, both of the girls’ dreams were to become the best anchorwoman on television, and the bad girl messes with the other girl’s car to get her into an accident just so she can take over her news time. Later on, her boyfriend dies from saving her life, but she doesn’t even bother to attend his funeral just so she won’t lose her spot on her television program she’s hosting for. I would consider this as being arrogant, over-ambitious, and “craving the spotlight”. She does her work well in front of others without recognition or praise because of how ambitious she is. Ambition can be a positive thing if people know how to control it from overpowering them; it can only be negative if people abuse them.
Just like every other human being, I too have ambitions. Mine are very general and simple; to try and be the best at everything I do. But unlike the evil girl from the soap opera, I don’t abuse it by doing hurtful things to others to get what I want. However, I would still consider myself as an over-ambitious person, just because I always feel like if I want something, I have to get it. I go beyond what others would do to get what they want, but I do set my line of limits. I wouldn’t consider this a healthy ambition but it is the source of my strength; I have control over myself even if I reach further than my expectations. It just proves that I can challenge myself for more in life than just what I wanted before. My level of ambition is very high and I don’t think I would change that even if I had the chance. I believe that leaving my ambitions as it is keeps me to be the strong and confident person I am today; changing that would be changing my dreams and goals in life.
Ha-ha Jackie, you would talk about your Korean soap operas and find a way to tie them into the blog. Anyway, I total agree with you when you say that ambition can help motivate someone but something’s if it is taken to an extreme it can just be a destructive factor in someone’s way. I’d like to believe that I am a pretty ambitious driven person too because I always strive for things that I want and always think that I should get it too. My ambition levels are pretty high too and sometimes I think that there are so high that I am only setting myself up for disappointment, but I wouldn’t change it even if I could just because I think it is what drives me to do well or at least my best in situations. Just like you said, I believe that if I altered my ambition levels, it would change my goals and everything in life as well for I can’t change one thing without affecting the other.
Jackie! Your ambition reminds me of elementary school. I could say so much stuff about your ambition but I will only list one. Do you remember what you would do to get people in trouble? "Donkey" But I will admit you really turned into a good girl! I'm glad that your ambition now is to try your best in everything. Its a huge difference from back then and keep it up miss! You will be a professional singer one day!
I believe what we do is the most important thing, rather than who we are or whether many people know about what we have done. Only few people are so famous that their names are remembered by many of us no matter which century they lived in. You can do everything in this free world, and the fact that you can be one of the few may encourage you to work hard. Some of us want to be famous, and we want people to know us for some reasons, which could be we just want to prove ourselves to this world or we just want to make our life worthy and important. I used to be one of them. However, is recognition that important? When I think about is carefully and seriously, I do not know what the reason is and suddenly it means nothing to me to be famous.
Recognition is like some kind of rare desert that looks so cute and delicious. You want it because you never had it before, but it may not taste that good at all or it could taste horrible. We are tricked by its appearance. Or maybe being famous is important because you can use your fame to affect others positively or have the ability to do great things, but there is something we need to know. We cannot do things just because it can make us famous. Ambition is a source of strength but it has to be in our control, otherwise it will go wild and destroy us eventually since whether you realize it or not, everyone of us carries the “gene” or “gamete” of greediness. We should not care about what other people think about us or whether they know us or not, we do what we want to do. We should be ambitious about what we really want deep inside instead of something we are not even sure about. We need to keep our head clear all the time and know what we are doing without getting lose under any circumstance. Ambition is like a prescription. It can help us or harm us and it all depends on your own actions. Be careful.
Caroline, I really like what you said about ambition being like prescription drugs, in the sense that it needs to be taken in small doses otherwise the overdose can lead to your ultimate demise. When you said that, I couldn't help but think of Cady and her growth in power, the more popular her opinion, her lies, and her hair grew, the littler she became. She grew small losing sight of something big. "We should be ambitious about what we really want deep inside instead of something we are not even sure about." Did Cady's ambition start off with becoming a "mean girl" or did she lose sight of seeking for some genuine and sincere friends? I completely agree with the point that we should never allow such worldly things like power and fame to overshadow our morals and our pure desires/intentions.
Caroline, I agree with you. I think that what we do is the most important. What other people think is not important. The most important is what we think about ourselves. Recognition is definitely not important, but some people want it so much, they would do anything just to get recognized. I think trying to be recognized is a pointless thing, I mean, just like you said, what the point, right? When we actually sit down and think about it, what do we actually get being recognized. Nothing. But there are other options, sometimes people just feel better being recognized. So, it's all about what people think. Let's just leave it as, it can go both way, good and bad. :]
I agree with you. Yes, all the people are living in this world just want to make our lives become worthy and important. Sometimes we want something just because we haven’t touch it before and wants to know how it feels. So someone can’t control himself and tries all the possible ways in order to gain it. We should care about our actions because our actions will change a person’s thought and hurt someone. If you help someone, or someone is in trouble, then that person will appreciate you. But if we did the bad actions on anyone, he will become very disappointed and it is not a good way for other people. So we should do good things to make the world more peace.
Caroline, I liked how you used a desert as a way to describe recognition. I also agree with you on what you said about how people should be themselves and not worry about what others think about them. Everyone has a unique personality and should not be hidden. Recognition can make people feel good because they are being seen in the spotlight, but some think it’s not worth it. So recognition can go either way of being good or bad.
Caroline, I agree that ambition is a source of strength, and how it has to be in our own control. Being over-ambitious could potentially hurt us, in some ways greater than others. I also really liked how you said, "We should be ambitious about what we really want deep inside instead of something we are not even sure about." Being ambitious about something we are already passionate and confident about is better than wasting our time on something we're not. In order to achieve our goals we need to set appropriate ones for ourselves, ones we know we are capable of achieving.
Your words are similar to what I have blogged, opinion wise. I agree on your last part where you believe ambition can either help or harm us. The part that kind of concerns me is the part where you said being famous means nothing to you. That means when its time for you to go you do not want to be remembered at all? There has to be some kind of urge to be famous. It is a normal human desire.
Each year, waves of students enter college and universities with some sort of aspirations. Some may just want to be away from home. Others may have goals of trying to solve world problems. Some may want to become all powerful and famous; a few may just want to be altruistic. Either way, the ambition, be it small or large, serves to link the students together. That may be why universities even exist in the first place. However, the different amount of ambition in each student, plus the concern for safety, determines whether the students wants fame or just be anonymous. This may actually apply to everyone.
Ambition is a good thing; however, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. In some cases, this ambition could hurt others. Lady Macbeth’s ambition causes the death of Duncan and ultimately her death as well. Political candidates’ ambitions cause the defamation of each other. Cady’s ambition to woo over Aaron simply backfired. Even Siddhartha’s ambition for wisdom has left a trail of pain and suffering. However, ambition also brings great results as well. The U.S. landed the first astronaut on the moon. We have gone through a number of scientific revolutions. It is even the fundamental basic of our society. Without ambition, no progress would be made. Over-ambition, however, could actually cause regression. So, ambition must be taken in relatively small amounts.
"Ambition is a good thing; however, too much of a good thing is a bad thing." That is close to perfect, but I do believe that their are a handful in the millions of people that could actually handle the full load. One thing I would like to hear your opinion on is when you were talking about the scientific revolutions we have made and our achievement of landing a person on the moon. This got me to thinking how much ambition those individuals that landed on the moon and made those scientific revolutions must have had, to me it seems like they must have had wayyyyyyy more than most people, and it also got me thinking as to whether or not they found happiness int heir one life, what do you think? That's all, peace.
Yeah that “too much of a good thing is a bad thing” is a good point. We look up to others for inspiration and use it to drive our motives, but sometimes if we take on too much of their influence we end up having no opinion of our own. We try to mimic them in everyway, trying to be perfect, and end up being them. The purpose of looking up to their hero is lost and they forget about their ambitions for achieving their goals and focus all their time trying to be someone else.
I totally agree with you Xin-Yu. I think that your goals are determined by your ambition and that this rule may apply to everyone. Also your phrase “Ambition is a good thing; however, too much of a good thing is a bad thing” was very accurate in my opinion (just as it was in Jon’s and Vincent’s) I liked the example you used of the US to explain that ambition had led to many great things and that probably without ambition nothing would have ever been done, that is why the human is the dominant race on earth, if we just had conformed with what we had, we would have never tried to develop any kind of technology.
Xin Yu i agree totally! You had so many good points who could argue. "To much of a good thing is a bad thing" I wanted to argue, but I read further and you proved me wrong in all the examples you used. Also it is true on the levels of ambition. Over ambitious people strive do whatever they feel they need to regardless of whats in the way. Just like we read in Macbeth.
Ambition could lead us moving forward to become better in life. Without ambition, maybe our world is still at the beginning where there is no electricity, no cars, and no anything. “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing” is to tell us that do not be over ambitious cause it will turn from a positive outcome to a negative outcome. Actually about the part that some people might want to be anonymous is not true because everyone should have a little ambition in them that makes them want to be recognized.
Julius Caesar was betrayed and killed for it, Bill Gates has been rebuked and judged for it, Macbeth has been driven to the edge of insanity by it, and George Bush has had shoes thrown at him for it, "it" was ambition. Benjamin Franklin once said that "Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires." In a sense, Franklin is trying to state that ambition has brought out the worst in many, it consumes the lives of others and tends to cause them to overlook the fact that it has "insatiable desires", hungers that can never truly be fed and thirsts that can never be quenched. Ambition is usually attached by negative connotations but I believe ambition can be a great thing until people lose sight of their morals. It seems that in this "dog eat dog" corporate world we live in, ambition has become a word synonymous to greed and avarice (cool word in the school agenda), and in all honesty, ambition is a part of our human nature. Ambition is something that we all come to grips with at some point in our life, whether it's school, applying to college, getting hired, or -for seasonal purposes- new years resolutions, those are all types of ambitions that we set for ourselves, goals. Ambition entails sacrifice and what in economics we like to call, "opportunity costs" and "trade-offs." It has to do with the act of choosing between priorities and trading off certain opportunities in order to achieve that goal.
At its core, I feel as if ambition has most to do with the quest or articulation of power. Though it straddles the thin line between positive and negative, ambitions are good things overshadowed by sin. The ambition for power eats Macbeth up inside and consumes him, he's found himself on a slippery slope to the "dark side." We acquire a congenital tendency to gratify ourselves at the expense of others. In the Bible, Judas' ambition overcame his morals and at Jesus' expense, betrays him. Judas took advantage of his position to further his own agenda, he neglected and turned away from Jesus so that he could pursue his own ambitions. In the Matrix, Cypher betrayed Morpheus and used his own position in order to further his personal agenda. Cypher's heart was restive and filled with animosity thus his ambitions drove him to betray, to sin. Although the difficulties of resisting the pull of the world and of our own continues to persist, I believe that in order to overcome the stigma attached to being "ambitious", society must learn to redefine it. It is what made Benjamin Franklin the man he is today, it is what Jesus had to save us from our sins, it is what helps all of us get up in the morning and do it all over again, it is what motivated Lisa to finish this blog with hopeful eloquence, "it" is ambition, I am ambitious.
Yep! To me amibition is really not a negative word. In fact, I am jealous of those who have greater ambitions, their lives is filled with hope and goals to live for. To me, ambition never had a close definiton with annogance and greed, it is more like a dream, never something to avoid. I find it ironic how it defined the greatest men throughout history but lacks a precise definition itself. btw i really like your writing style. Good job!
I agree, I do not believe ambition is a negative word either. I also admire people with great ambitions and higher standards for what they want in life. I think being ambitious is a trait not everyone is lucky enough to have or lucky enough to have instilled in them. I never see people who are ambitious as negative people. I think there are other words to describe people who are driven to do bad things, but ambitious is not one of them.
I do not think there is ambition is a bad thing or bad word, so I agree with you. I also agree that people need the ambition to promote their own hard work to achieve its objectives. People with great ambitions and a higher standard of living and they want to. I think this is an ambitious quality is not everyone is lucky enough to own or have been lucky enough to educate them. I have never seen a person who is ambitious negative people. I think there are other words to describe the drivers who have done a bad thing, but the ambitious is not one of them.
Lisa your posts are always so enlightening to me! Yeah I see how ambition has negative connotations now on days. I feel like its because its the people with the greatest drive for their ambitions mainly dominate the world. Its because sometimes those people compromise morals while others do it honestly. I'm not saying have a great drive is bad or anything that some people go about it in the wrong way.
Lisa, you make a good point. What defines ambitions as a good or evil is a very thin line is a good analogy. By connecting to previous topics that we covered, you drive your message home. Also, by not introducing ambition right at the start, you captured your audience's attention.
Ambition is sort of a thing that is in need of balance and control to have in succeeding in life. Ambition can be the key to being successful but it can also be that one thing that drives you past your goal and clearly just ruins any chance of success. There is a fine line between just enough ambition and too much ambition. Ambition can be the thing that drives one close enough to reach a goal. Like in a way Cady Heron’s ambition to fit in was a little too much and crossed the line when she lost sight of everything she was really working towards. The good thing about crossing a line though is that usually there is a chance for the person to redeem themselves
Ambition can be the key to success in some cases. Ambition can be used as the motivator to do better and to pass a level where one never imagined. It is like an adrenalin boost or drive that pushes someone further. My ambition in life is to get a good job and raise a family and through that I get the drive to do well in school so that those opportunities can open up for me in the future. There is a fine line between good ambition and the kind of ambition that can actually make you suffer. If one’s ambition becomes too great and filled with more pride and greed it can lead to the downfall of someone. As one strives for the top, you shouldn’t burn bridges or knock down others that maybe get in the way of getting there because that’s how ambition can turn into a real nasty thing. Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet them again on your way down. Even if one were to stay up on top after the ambition drove them up there, sometimes it gets lonely up on top and because the ambition that drove you there drove everyone around you away, being on top might not look as good. The view up above is only nice if you have someone to share it with. Ambition can help bring you up there, but you need to watch how far you take it or else you might be up all lonesome.
In a show that I am addicted to, Jon and Kate plus 8, there are a bunch of little kids running around and just finding what they enjoy. For example there’s a little boy named Aaden and he just loves animal, and even at his young age of like 4 you can see his ambition to be with animals like with animal books or toys. With Aaden’s ambition towards animals it gives him something to look forward to, and something to amuse him but when he gets a little greedy with the stuffed animals he becomes selfish, mean and possessive with them and that just gets him mean and surely in trouble. What Aaden slowly learns is that his desire to have all the stuffed animals can get him the animals but he can’t be greedy with it because he has to share with his 7 brothers and sisters. He knows this because he’s been through scuffles with his brothers and sisters and becomes mean and greedy and pushes or forces his brothers and sisters away from his toys. Now Aaden learns that if he shares his animals, he can teach his siblings about the animals while enjoying the toys for himself.
Michelle, I totally agree with you when you said, “Even if one were to stay up on top after the ambition drove them up there, sometimes it gets lonely up on top and because the ambition that drove you there drove everyone around you away, being on top might not look as good.” Ambitions can easily take away humanity. People tend to forget about where they came from and how they made it once they get to the top. We see celebrities commit suicide quite often and I believe loneliness is one of the reasons why. They are challenged emotionally day by day and always suffer from stress. But they don’t have many people to trust or even talk to. Ambitions that drove them up there, on the top of the world, but also took away many valuable things we need in life like friends. People just got to be humble toward everybody and careful with having too much ambition.
You bring a very interesting point about that if you cross the line there is usually a chance to redeem yourself. I never thought of it like that. Ambition can lead to your downfall if you consume yourself with greed and pride. I believe it’s the motivation behind your actions that determine whether you will succeed or suffer. I am also addicted to Jon and Kate plus 8 too and using Aaden (my favorite kid from the bunch) helps with your argument.
Anyone who has ever reached the highest level of fame/success had some sort of ambition, either with a positive motive or not. In our day and age society doesn’t value the way in which you reach your level of success but more if you ARE successful. I firmly believe that to reach the very tier of anything your motives must be of the best and not corrupted by bad values. The level of ambition we all have varies because we are all very different, and most of who we are was shaped when were to young to even realize it. If you are one of the few that was bestowed and taught to obtain your goals with the best of intentions then you will reach your goal. Whether or not ambition is healthy is directly up to how you perceive it, on one hand if your ambition strides you to go above and beyond your expectations to make yourself stand out, then I would say it is healthy pertaining to reaching your goals, but does it motivate you so much that you forget to eat, throw people off on the side and make it so the only actions you take are to reach your goal? I don't know that's up to you, but I don't think that's very wise, balance is key.
In my life I would like to see all that the world has to offer, over this winter break I spent a lot of time thinking while some of my friends where having "fun". I don't feel like theirs anything left in Arcadia for me except my family and closest of friends. My goal is to someday have the courage to take every opportunity I see and want and not to have any regrets. In a dream world I'd like to see every inch this planet has to offer and then maybe even some more, but will I? Probably not, will I try? You bet. My goals now are to setup for my life later, it sucks to admit, but you can not deny money is the key to close to every door and for the ones it's not I feel I already have the power to open those.
Jonathan I like how you said “balance is the key”. I completely agree. Although ambition can motivate one to succeed, too much can only lead to harm and losing one self, just like Cady Heron losing her self and becoming a “plastic”. I am also very impressed that you are willing to leave Arcadia, and journey out to find what you can do in our modern society. Sadly unlike you, I am a chicken who is scared to leave everything behind. But I hope that I would be mentally ready just like you are when the day comes to leave Arcadia behind.
Sadly, I too believe that during this day and age, money is the key too almost every door. With this said, I think money fuels ambition. When you have a lot of money, you can do more things, therefore you are allowed to be more ambitious. Too much ambition leads to corruption. Yes...Balance is the key.
Balance is key by far! And when people are so motivated to something, they obiously forget some stuff and it's noticable. You make a great point and I agree 100%. I think it's great how you took this winter break and what you said about giving every oppurtunity a strong chance is good too! I think your future will be very succesful and strong if you keep the same attitude. A lot of the time, people forget whats most important and they do whatever they think is right to get what they want. Attention is something some people really need and want and will do whatever it takes for it.
Different people have different personalities, different ways of thinking, different hearts, and different ways of acting. Some people wanted to be recognized because of fame, some people like others to look at them and wanted to be popular. They wanted to get more attention and they feel really comfortable when others are paying attention to them and care about every detail they are doing. Some other people wanted to be recognized simply because they might want to show certain people that they are better than them and more popular than them. More like showing off and wanting to compete with others. While some others just wanted to stay anonymous because they simple don’t want to compete, show off, and live a simple life. The thing that is separating these two kinds of people is heart. Heart affects our thinking and what kind of person we end up being. If someone is full of ambition of wanting to be popular and being known, then they will be ending up trying so hard to be recognized. If someone wants to live a simple life then they might just live anonymously. It really depends how their heart is leading them to and the way they think of what kind of person they wanted to be known as. There would be no worse or better, it’s just the way they wanted to end up their life with and how they wanted to face the world.
My ambition is just simply go to a good college and be successful in the future. In order to be successful, I need to try hard in college or school. My ambition comes from myself, others don’t affect me, because it’s my own life not others. I have ambition because I love my life and wanting myself to be better. I live for myself therefore others can give me advice or lessons about life but they cannot change me of who I am. Even though I wasn’t born here so my English is not that great, but I tried so hard from the beginning because I want to keep going not just give up easily. Maybe the colleges that I applied to won’t accept me but so what? It does not mean that I won’t be successful in life later on. I will never know what the future will be like because people change everyday including me. If a person is poor, it does not mean that that person will be poor for whole life. We will never know our future; because I have ambition then I will push myself forward every single day.
- Serina Yee ( Period 6)
I completely agree with you about how different people have different personalities and levels of ambitions. Comparing myself to you, my lack of ambition became more evident than ever. However, ironically, I applied to colleges desiring exactly what you hoped for. Getting accepted and moving on with my life. Reading your blog, I became very envious of your strong will, and understanding that although some colleges may deny us, it necessarily does not mean that our chances to succeed are gone.
Yeah I know what you mean; I want to go to a good college too. I am doing it for myself not because others will see me and think college will benefit me. No it is my decision and their opinion has no say. I know a lot of people who want to get into a good college just to make their parents happy, which is sad. They can not truly be happy, because their main ambition is focused on how others will think of them. But like you mentioned it is how they want to face the world; they like living with people thinking greatly of them.
Serina, I totally agree with you and with what Vincent wrote also. I think it is pretty sad that some people get into a college just to make their parents happy, but deep down are they really happy with the decision that they made? I also agree with you when you said that some colleges that you applied to may reject you but that doesn't mean you won't be successful later in life. I think that everyone can be successful no matter which school they choose to go to.
I totally agree with your idea about that people want to be recognized is because of fame. Because they want to have the attention from others. I also agree that our heart do affect our thinking and what kind of person we end up being. And by our heart’s choices on what we do, it is the separation of these two different kinds of people.
Your ambition is just like every other student and what I've been reading to post a comment. However, I chose you because you have a different attitude on the "going to a good college, getting a good job" repitition. "Maybe the colleges that I applied to won’t accept me but so what?" You're determination to succeed no matter where you go. What the future holds for us, we don't know.
Serina, your strong stand in knowing what you want is very inspirational! Your confidence really shows in your piece. I agree on how our ambition is what pushes us and it’s what we make of it. Lastly, yes our heart impacts us a great deal. Sometimes we just follow what our heart wants without thinking too much with our minds. The heart is also what I believe to lead my life. Great Work!
I believe confidence separates the people who crave recognition from those who stay in anonymity. For example, I hate having attention and would prefer to stay in anonymity any day. Under the spotlight, I would freeze overwhelmed with unease. Every time I make an oral speech or perform in front of people, the fear of messing up or being laughed at haunt me since I do not have much confidence in myself. This also led to the lack of my ambition. Because I lack high expectation, I lack the need for ambition. However, lately I have noticed that this lack of ambition is not healthy for me. Many of my friends now tell me more than ever, that I am very apathetic and detached from everything. From this I had also realized that my life is pretty darn boring.
If I was given the power to either raise or lower my ambition level, I would definitely raise it. By doing so, hopefully I would be able to find something to brighten my dull days. For me at least, I think a little more ambition would be beneficial to me. Passion or an aspiration is necessary for one to succeed in their life and feel the fulfillment of accomplishing something. Even if a person is awarded for something he or she never really cared about, it loses its meaning. Therefore, I really think I need to find something in my life that I am interested and can commit to, or something worth living for.
Kozue I felt the same way you my freshman year of high school, I thought I was a pretty boring person and I really had no ambition. My dad to day routine was wake up, shower, go to school, come home, do whatever, maybe do something with my family then go to sleep. What got me out of that rut was pursuing my hobby a little further, which for me was playing counter-strike. I think you should make a list of your daily activities, and make sure you list everything. Then glance at each of them and let your heart decide which of them you care about more than the others. It might not turn out how you would want it to look or how you expect it to look, for me school was practically at the bottom, but that's fine as long as it doesn't change how you actually work at school. Hope it helps.
I think everyone has felt the same way at a pont in time in their life. I know I have felt like that and still do sometimes. But, I do not think it is a measure of how ambitious you are. I think everyone is different and has different goals in life, regardless of their confidence level.
Kozue, I understand where your coming from about the whole wanting to stay in anonymity. I do have a question for you though. Do you really want to go through life just hiding in the shadows because you are afraid what others will think? I think wanting to be recognized does not only come from confidence. I think that it also takes courage. Courage to accept that fact that things are going to happen in life that you have no control over. So why not just try your best to go out just take whatever the world throws at you.
After reading your post, I knew that I could relate to you, because of the fact that you lack self-confidence, and have a lower standard of ambition. I think that for me it is the same way, but the way I tried over comming my fear is to set the "bar" of ambition higher, and just doing what fears me the most, to gain that necessary confidence. But yes, having something in mind worth acheiveing will be a greater step in accomplishing something great, and having the necessary motivation to get their as well. Set a goal in life for yourself a "long term" goal worth acheiveing, and fight for it hard, and higer each time. You have the ability to get anything you desire.
There are a great amount of people in this world who can relate to you. I agree with much of your post and believe that confidence does separate the ambitious from the others. However it does not mean a person who does not much confidence isn't ambitious. Yet not having much ambition does not mean ones life is utterly boring. Content with what you have, happy with who you are around. People that couldn't be more happy with more then what they have could not have much ambition since there's not much to strive for now that you have everything.
Confidence can be one of the most obvious factors however I believe there are several other reasons. From how you connect with others, you are shy though I do not believe you lack confidence. You always seem to have a positive attitude in class. Do you think you lack confidence because people say you so or is it your own opinion? There is a major difference. You are what you think you are, do not let other people build you opinion. It is quite tricky.
"Some people are born to sit by a river, some is struk by lightnings, some have a gift in music, some are artists, some swim, some know buttons, some know shakespeare, some are mothers, and some people, dance." (from The Curious Case of Benjamin Botton. It's a GREAT movie I really recommend SFHPers to watch it!!!) Do all of these people who achieve their ambitions want recognitions? What would recognition bring to them, fame, pride, or loneliness? People know well better than that, ambition is a dream bigger than a dream, a goal beyond a goal. It brings people an abstract image of their own figures, it represents a soul bigger than just a human body. However, it does give people a high expectation that when the dream is smashed, it might seem like everything else on Earth is crambled. But it sets people with a dream, a wish a person is lived to grant him/herself. Ambition is something that is way greater than arrogance. It is not something to fulfill others with surprising news so people can look up to the person. Those people mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph are the ones who satisfy (*themselves*) with their ambitions, those that truly achieved their dreams.
I usually overestimate myself, filling myself up with ambitions that sounds ridiculous. To me, there is nothing negative about the adjective "ambitious". It assures me hope, like the green light on the other side of the deck in The Great Gatsby. My ambition is to travel around the world, neither to get people around the world to know me nor to tell my friends "Hey, look at me, I traveled around the world!". I want to travel because I want to have fun, to simply view how others live their lives under what circumstances, to learn from the experiences that will truly benefit myself in the future, to have the experiences encourage me and remind me that there are people around the world with less luck but greater dreams. Ambitions strengthens me to work harder, giving me a positive effect. If I were to choose a level of ambition, I would definitely raise it, if it is not high enough. I dream bigger; even though I fall deeper, I know better.
WOW TIff... this is so deep. Well even though I said that ambition can have a negative effect, I also agree with you. I also believe that people can have a positive ambition that can lead them to a positive outcome. Just like you. You used a great example of how your ambition is just to go around the world not to prove that you are rich but to want to learn more about how other people around the world live. Time to contradict myself. :] I said that ambition can have a positive effect, but sometimes people have bad ambitions. It is not always as good as a dream bigger that a dream. The person's dream may be to do something harmful, we never know, right? :] You add oil too!!!! On your traveling...
I agree with you that the ambitions, leading them to achieve positive results. Just like you. You use a great example to illustrate that your ambition is to go all over the world to prove you are not learn enough, but would like to learn more about how other people’s lives around the world. I would like to travel the world to learn more life experiences sometimes in my life.
I think people want recognition in their life, not for the fame and popularity, but for their own self esteem. They want to be different and not just be another person who has a career and lives a life. Having others notice you mean that you are actually special in some kind of way that you impact their lives. It means that your life is not meaningless and that your existence is not just another person out of the 6.7 billion that exist on this Earth. Having recognition is like finding out who your true friends are. Their friendship with you matters because they have that quality that others can not give. It is not something you can find from just anyone and it is something they are willing to give it. They actually put effort in being your friend because you are important to them just as they are to you. So being your friend is more than just the purpose of not being alone, it is something you acknowledge from them that makes them more special from the others.
Having ambitions helps motivate us at whatever we try to do. When we do things, no matter how hard it is, we always try to do our best at it. For example, I like to play basketball because it is fun. So I try to do everything I can to improve, whether it is practicing so I can shoot better, or running to have more stamina, if I have no motivation then I am not doing everything, I can not improve without some kind of outside inspiration to further drive me to play better. It is just like Mr. Feraco said, if he does not push us to do something then we will do it poorly or not even do it at all. So when we do something, it is important to find out the reason why we do it and why we must do it without fail. Attempting something half-assed will not get anyone anywhere. It would be sad living your life without any motivation, looking forward to nothing, inevitability ending up making miserable. That is why one must find a drive in their actions to live life fully and happily.
Vincent, I agree with you that ambition does help us motivate in whatever we try to do and that we always try our best in it. I also like to play basketball and because of this feeling of "like" i want to improve in it and play better each time I play. For me, I seriously needs something pushing me and give me a reason to do, then i would try my best. If i dont like something then there would be no motivation for me to wanting to do it. Finding a drive in our actions to live life fully and happily is very very extremely important because it can lead us in life, it's just like choosing a right path in life.
I agree with your post. You like basketball since it is fun, so you strive to improve your game play to enhance the level of fun. We do not want to be alone, sometimes people just want friends because they just want someone to talk to. Someone to talk to so they wont feel lonely or bored.
Ambition is a strong desire for fame, power or rank that could either inspire people to achieve their goals or ruin their lives entirely. People like to be remembered for what they have done. The feeling of recognition is rewarding and satisfying though that can’t always be the main focus in achieving your goals. Keeping the balance with ambitions are important because it is complex. Too much ambition can screw one’s life over. It is the fastest way to lead the downfall and decrease the chance to succeed. Ambition can’t help you when you don’t know your limit and abilities. But as long as you don’t abuse it, ambition can push you to where you want to be.
I like being on a center of attention. However, I don’t run around screaming, “look at me!” or do things to just make people notice me. I only enjoy recognitions and appreciations for what I have accomplished. Honestly, who doesn’t? Now I think about my dreams I had when I was younger, they were very unrealistic. Since I had no idea what the real world is like, my expectations were high and my goals made no sense. Picturing myself as a preppy in plaid school uniform and putting my name on a list of high society clubs, I was somewhat over-ambitious and foolish. But today, watching “Gossip Girls” every Monday night is the only time I think about the fancy life of East Coast girls. For fact, “Gossip Girls” life is not the reality. Also I know I wouldn’t love living that kind of life. Through own experiences and education, I learned what makes me happy. Fortunately, I have control over myself and know my limits. So I can say I have healthy ambitions that will motivate me continuously.
I completely agree with you saying that people like to be remembered for what they have done. Also the fact about not abusing ambition has also "peaked my interest." I didn't think of ambition in this way of how ambition is like a double edged sword. I’m also glad that you know what makes you happy and you know your limits because with that you can basically do what you want but know where the line is!
Eunice, your comment on ambition is really thought provoking. I agree that ambition has both good and evil intents and can drive us to either end. It is true that many youngsters enjoy being the center of attention. Therefore, having self-discipline is the most practical way to avoid being over-ambitious. Although healthy ambition can urge us to perfect ourselves, it is no longer beneficial if we were to go to extremes and become over-ambitious.
Eunice, I completely agree on what you said about how people wanting to remembered o n what they done and that Ambition can also destroy their lives if they don’t know their limits and abilities. People need to be smart on what their ambitions are because if they are not then it can ruin their life goals and will be miserable. I think people need to be educated and learn about the real world in order for them to know their limits and the ability to have a good ambition. With out knowledge, how can anyone be successful in life.
LOL GOSSIP GIRL IS LAMEEE haha jk it's weird though. Chuck looks like a monkey or something. (btw Mr. Feraco, this isn't one of my points earning post)
People have ambitions based on their own motives, which I believe differ between everyone. While some people seek fame, others are ambitious to do good things so they can feel good about themselves or even be known for being that type of person. Other people may even be ambitious to gain a certain image, like being a rebel or being popular. I believe there is a huge difference between the people who want recognition and the people who would rather be left anonymous. People who want to be recognized usually do things so they can portray a certain image. The people who do things and want to be kept private, do things because they actually are good people and do not need the recognition to feel like they are. While the people who seek fame are also good people, I believe that the people who do not need it don’t feel as if they need to portray a certain image.
I base my goals and ambitions on my expectations of myself but also the expectations of my parents. I feel that with all the sacrifices my mom and dad have made for me to better myself, I owe it to them to take advantage of the opportunities they have struggled to give me. While doing things, like going to college or being successful in my career are extremely important to me and goals I want to attain, I feel I need to do them for my parents to repay them for everything they have done for me. I believe ambitions can be healthy but they are not always. I think that ambitions and goals are healthy when they are in the best interest of you or others. They are unhealthy when they are harmful or hurtful to others or even yourself. Ambitions are a source of strength if they are healthy.
The whole thing about doing good things for recognition reminds me of the Incredibles. Although not exactly the best example, Syndrome creates his own enemy and fakes heroism. He's trying to be recognized as a hero. The ones who do good things for the sole purpose of...doing good, are the ones who are truly good people. Recognition is never needed for doing a good act. Unfortunately, there are many who do such acts for recognition.
I agree with your opinion that everyone has ambitions for their own motives and that they might be noble either if they want fame or be anonymous. I think the idea that doing things to feel better with yourself are usually more noble than those acting for the attention. However both of them can lead to great good of everyone and sometimes people not wanting to be noticed are noticed. I respect your idea of using the resources given to you by your parents at the best you can, I think it’s very noble from you doing so, and I try to do that as well .
“Ambitions and goals are healthy when they are in the best interest of you or others.” I agree with this, because if one is working very hard to achieve an uninteresting goal then the process to achieve this goal will not be enjoyable, since one doesn’t even like the dream. Instead, it will be pointless because one should go after his or hers own dreams and not others. Or one will be wasting their time.
I also agree with your post as well, because you do demonstrate/explain that everyone does have their own ambitions to be motivated in some way or another. I like your post because you did include some examples from life experiences tha tnot only relate to you, but to others as well. Such as "our parent"...Our parents made so many sacrafices to have us, and to give us this opportunity in life, that we never thought of having. But now, we have to repay them by showing them, that we have our ambitions that we want to work towards to get recognized/ to get known. (not only by fame). Great piece.
Power. Respect. Recognition. These words are usually heard on gang related matters or conversations. It’s all about being the most powerful to be safe, isn’t it? Or maybe there are other reasons to seek any of these three synonyms (in my opinion). I agree with Mr. Feraco that the pursuit of power is to reach freedom, but I don’t think that is the only way to be free. I think freedom is on the reach of those who see it. However it is hard to feel free when you don’t have total control over what you would consider yourself. Also these matters lead to ambition, always wanting more. I think its good to have ambition; it turns bad when you hurt others in the way to reach your goals. And also as Mr. Feraco said, ambition can lead to good and great things; it may be also confused with determination and strength, but also can lead to obsession. And usually when you have “everything” you always tend to fear losing it.
Now, speaking of myself; I don’t consider myself very ambitious. I usually don’t want many things, but when I want something I am decisive and keep trying until I get it. I always try to compare my triumphs or progress with the ones I have reached before. This keeps me focused and always improving, (not because I am the best at whatever I do, it helps me not to resign myself with my actual achievements, and also to not feel bad about all they way that I still have to cover). I have noticed in myself that I also want recognition in some way. I don’t like to show off, be famous, or something like that, but I try to be better so that when someone tries to make fun of me or something like that I can prove them wrong. I am not of the idea of moving right away when I can from my parents, not because I want them to pay for me for ever, but I think that when the time is right for me to move away I will know it and I wont need anybody to tell me. Personally I find foolish the thought of just moving away from ones parents just because you don’t want them to be telling you what to do anymore, and that since you are 18+ you can now legally do it. But that is just myself.
I agree with just about everything you've said. I also want to be recognized to a certain degree, but I don't like to show off either. What really grabbed my attention though was how you said, “And usually when you have “everything” you always tend to fear losing it.” I think that’s the root of how power corrupts because people become paranoid. It causes them to act for themselves instead of for those who are under their control.
I agree totally with what you wrote. I feel the same way about moving out when you turn 18, but I kind of want to do it myself. It's not that I’m being foolish; it’s just that I feel like it is that time for me to be on my own. I think in every teenager’s life, there comes a time when you just know that you have to leave soon. I feel that if you have the time, money, and perseverance to live on your own, and you know that you can handle and support yourself, you should do it. It will only help you mature faster.
Ambition is a very sensitive trait. One who has ambition is fit to be a leader, yet one who is too ambitious will lose themselves to the struggle for more power. One peruses power in order to gain independence. In order to be in control of one’s life, one must seek power. One must seek control. Power is essential to be in control of one’s own life. Once independence is achieved, the possibilities for growth are infinite.
Recognition is all about what one deserves. People who are recognized as thieves and killers are looked down upon. People who are recognized for heroism and peacemakers are respected. With that said, people seek recognition to reap the benefits. One who has recognition has a reputation. A man is judged by reputation. One who is ambitious will most likely seek recognition.
As for what I want to do with my life, I face two choices. Will I be a leader, or will I be a follower. A follower has fewer responsibilities than a leader. A follower does not need to look ahead and think of which path to take. The leader chooses the path for the follower. The leader instructs the follower. Although the leader has power over its followers, the leader must take responsibility for his/her followers. I want to become a leader. I believe that being a leader is far more challenging than being a follower. Although it is far more difficult to be a leader than to be a follower, a leader is rewarded more than a follower.
I believe my ambitions are a source of strength. My ambitions are controlled and they only lead to good things. I am ambitious in that I seek independence. I have control over my ambition in that I do not seek too much power. I only seek enough power to be in control of my life, and not others.
I agree with the follower and leader situation. I think that you described the follower and leader clearly. In my mind, a follower will not be recognized because he is just doing what someone else wants them to do. On the other hand, a follower can be recognized too. Govinda was a follower but in the end Siddhartha enlightened him and in my mind he's recognized because he was one of the few who have reached enlightenment. I’m also glad that you say that you seek enough power just to control your own life. Good post!
I feel that people want recognition to make themselves feel notice. Even though some don't want the spotlight on them, they always wish they get some notice from a few people. Shooting 3 pointers, writing a book, whatever it is we do it is to be notice. Some people crave the spotlight, whether it is for good or bad. After all the hard work you put in your work never receiving attention, it tends to get boring and you start not liking it. Thats why people like the attention, drives them to be something better. Sometimes though people drive to far, start doing anything for the spotlight.
Attention is nice every once in a while, but I only feel people should get it when they have done something good. To have ambition is great, once you reach the top you deserve it. When your ambitious you strive to be better. When people tend to be too ambitious it leads them down the drain. People start to do things for the wrong reasons and forget about their morals. Ambition doesn't always have to deal with fame, it can inspire someone just to do something for themselves. As long as you dont take the wrong approach with your ambition and keep your cool you can achieve a lot.
I agree with this. Everyone wants and deserves attention. and it can be very benificial when people who deserve the recognition recieve it, becuase they have done something to better the world. And i fell like it is annoying when people become the center of our attentions without deserving any of it. When the tabloids rule our thoughts and they have done nothing worthy of our attention, when people are trying to better the world and we care less about that compared to who wore what at the oscars.
Brian, I agree with what you are saying about how attention should be applauded when someone has worked hard for it and truly deserves it. I think that there are many people who expect to be known for being the best at things that they barely even care about. At the same time I think that there are so few others who truly love doing what they do and they work so hard to do their best at it but aren’t even recognized for the effort they put forth.
Some people crave the spotlight, whether it is for good or bad. After all the hard work you put in your work never receiving attention, it tends to get boring and you start not liking it. Thats why people like the attention, drives them to be something better. Sometimes though people drive to far, start doing anything for the spotlight.
I agree with what you said about how people get bored after they get the attention and start to not like it anymore. But somehow, they find a new way of getting that attention. Like you said, once their ambition drives them too far, they start doing whatever they can to get it. But that obviously leads to problems.
I totally agree with you! I also agree that someone should get attention only if they've done something good. That's why it makes me mad when I see these attention wh*res. I don't understand why they need the spotlight on them. However, I think its different when they deserve the attention and when they just want it.
Brian i know the feeling you are describe all to well. While you do things because you want to satisfy personal goals, you still look for some recognition. But once you realize why you really do things thats when you can really find what you believe.
I won't lie, I love attention most of the time and the spotlight does seem really nice, but sometimes it could seem like my worst nightmare. Like in a show I am like completely addicted to, Jon and Kate Plus 8, there is a family of 8 kids, they are all pretty young, two being I believe 7 or 8 and six being 3 or 4 years old, one of the older two, Mady loves being infront of the camera and the center of attention but is also a brat and sometimes mean to her younger siblings. Mady pushes the little ones, yells at them, screams at them and is almost always mad and throwing temper tantrums. After watching herself on their show, she realized that that wasn't the way she wanted to be portrayed, so the next season she started to act nicer or at least she started to say sorry after each temper tantrum. Mady is the perfect example of wanting the attention but surely doesn't want it all the time.
i agree with you when you say people want attention so that their life doesn't get boring by doing the same things over and over again. it drives you to do something better, like you said. i also agree that you should only receive the attention if you deserve it. if you've done something positive, then you should get the attention that you are getting.
People want to be remembered when they are gone... well most people. For those that want to have recognition, I think it is because they want to be remembered. they want to be known as the guy who did this and that. For whatever reason, good or bad, anyone who does something big will be remembered. in my own mind, I think those that do not want to be remembered are those who go by passively in life. they do not make the world better or worse... they are like a glass of lukewarm water. The thing that separates the different types of remembrance is the type of person you are or will be. If someone strides to make great things and accomplishes them, they will be known somewhere. If someone lives life passively, day by day, then chances are that they will have a lackluster life.
My ambitions for high school is to just finish my classes, maintaining a 3.5GPA minimum, and leaving a good impression on the teachers that I like. As for my ambitions for life, I want a family and a job that pays well. Now that my ambitions are put down, I do think my ambitions shape who I am. Sure, they give me some traits but they also show how far I am willing to do something. By having the right ambitions, they can strengthen or even make you acquire new traits which will help you in the long run. Of course my ambitions are healthy but they are not my only source of strength. I would say that ambition stems traits, which therefore stems strength. With ambition, you decide you own future and by dong that you realize what you need to do. Do I need to be stronger? Do I need to have more perseverance? By acquiring some traits, these will give you strength to go out and do what you want to do.
PS. Such Great Heights by the Postal Service is a great song :]
I would have to agree with you mike, that everyone wants to be remembered when they are gone. I think its just because we have grown up in a world where if you not known then your not popular. not everyone wants to be popular but they do want people to know who they are and what they have done. Now thats not always good but thats the way the cookie crumbles.
That was a great first paragraph. Personally, I know that I don’t want to go down as just another guy. But talking from my realistic side, I’m not sure of what I can do to gain that recognition. You have TRY to do great things in order to successfully do great things. Nobody wants to be lackluster.
PS. That is a great song.
I agree with how you said people all want to be remember for what they have done, but I don't think they would want to be remembered for something bad that they did. Like if someone cheated on a test, would he want the teacher to remember him as the kid who cheated on his test?
I think a lot of people think the same way and have pretty realistic ambitions. Getting into a good college, having a good job, and having a family, and things like that. I agree with you on how ambitions shapes a person. I do think that we are who we are because of the things we want and how much we're willing to try.
People want recognition for many different reasons, for example, sometimes they feel like they don’t matter or sometimes they crave the attention of their peers. Somewhere down the line, by the hand of chance, we’ve felt how it was to hit a game winning shot or how it felt when you alone came through on top with everyone watching. However, when the dust settles and the people go home, things go back to normal and often times our great achievements go unnoticed, we become the thankless heroes. As a child we are always being watched, but as we grow older who’s going to comment on how perfect your lesson was, who’s going to clap you on the back and say good job? Some of us aren’t satisfied with that, and they yearn to be “the man” again. They want to bask in that glory and feel the admiration. That one moment that they felt keeps stoking their ambition and while some resist the lure of fame, others step onto the stage where they can be hated and loved by all.
When I think about whether or not I like the limelight I kind of fall right on the fence because I want to be noticed and respected, yet I hate to be singled out at the same time. I’d prefer to stand up together with everyone and share the praise. My ambitions tend to lead me towards collective achievements, and I often relate that to my love for team sports. I never fell in love with individual sports such as tennis and golf like my cousin has, but I’ve learned to love baseball and basketball. The team game taught me to love setting up my teammates just as much as hitting the basket myself. It’s been built into me since I was strong enough to pick up a ball. When I try to look at myself a few years or down the road I probably won’t be bringing down the house under the bright lights, but I hope to have a stethoscope draping around my neck.
"As a child we are always being watched, but as we grow older who’s going to comment on how perfect your lesson was, who’s going to clap you on the back and say good job?"
I like that (although I think you're trying to say "slap" on the back haha. It's true though, as children we were watched and carefully speculated, gleefully praised through every action we did. Now, we're on the verge of becoming adults and we have to strive through our own ambitions. We are no longer guided through a syllabus and grade sheet, we're on our own to do a little of that "guess and check".
In other words, are you trying to say that you wouldn’t be the leading man in a play, but rather the supporting actor? Your ambitions tell you that you do want to “bring down the house,” but at the same time you are afraid to think you can because you are afraid to fail. I suggest that you change this. Truly great achievements will always be noticed – you just may not know it. Just because you can’t completely see the effects of your achievements, doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Even if nobody notices, it doesn’t matter. You can always be happy with yourself, be happy with your own achievements. After all, you’re the most important person in YOUR life.
I definetly agree with what your saying about the whole glory thing. I play soccer and sometimes i find myself getting the spotlight and it's really overwhelming to have all the attention. It's enough for me by far, but for some other people they probably just want more and more. It's a great feeling to feel like you are a top person and having everyone be like "good job! that was amazing!", but I personally would like to spread the attention to everyone else who puts a strong effort. Overall, i tottaly agree and understand with what your saying!
Ambition is a force that we must deal with in our life-long quest of pursuing happiness. Ambition can be both positive and negative – humans will do many things to satisfy their own ambition or to achieve happiness. Sometimes, this can turn out to be great, but other times, it can turn out to be... not so great. At the same time, we need ambition, because ambition is something that is needed to be successful. You have to have the will to confront and deal with your problems – rise up to challenges that you meet. The want to be recognized for greatness, the want for respect, the want for power is what propels us to greatness and success.
Michael Jordan’s ambitions led him to success and greatness. People are willing to pay 3x the amount of money simple basketball shorts are worth – just because they happen to have his symbol on it. He simply wanted to be known as the best. Because of his extreme success, people often forget the path that he took to get there. People forget that Jordan was perceived as selfish – we know he wasn’t always the best teammate to have around, and we also know that he is one of the greatest trash talkers the league has ever known. What if Jordan had fallen short? What if he always fell short of winning a championship – let alone 3? His ambitions and legacy, then, would be skewered. His well documented showboating techniques would be criticized instead of being a part of his legacy. He would instantly fall off the radar when talking about the greatest players ever. His ambition would also be his downfall. What I’m trying to say is its great to “be like Mike,” but you can learn a great deal from him. Sometimes, you don’t need to necessarily act like Mike to get there.
(Re-reading what I just wrote)
Digging deeper, I seriously doubt Jordan’s ambition would have allowed him to be second best. You can also go on all day with “what ifs?” But still, I liked this particular “what if.”
Recognition makes us feel good, it makes us happy. Given a choice, I would say a vast majority of people would rather be successful in the limelight, rather than hidden in anonymity. We want to be recognized, we want praise for the good things we do. It drives us to do more good things. My ambitions are odd. Sometimes, I feel like I have low ambitions, and my argument for myself is that I am a realist. Other times, I might be overambitious to the point that my goals set are impossible. Thinking it through, I realize that being overambitious is better than not being ambitious. If you set the bar too low, you will just hit the bar and stop. However, if you set the bar higher, there is no limit to the greatness that you can achieve.
I agree alot with what you said. You're right everyone needs ambition to accomplish anything. But too much can be harmful, the right amount lets you go places. Michael Jordan is a great example. He wanted to be the best and thats what he became. His ambition made sure nothing got in the way of his dreams. He had the right amout of ambition, not too much to be harmful but enough to accomplish his dreams and make him the idol he is today.
Recognition does make us feel good, but along with it comes a constant fear of slipping that you have to cope with. In Victor's post he said, "...when you have “everything” you always tend to fear losing it." The minute you step into the limelight you will be criticized and some people can't handle the stress and pressure. Things change when you're King of the World. You can't just walk out of your house looking like a zombie because your image will be under constant scrutiny. Like Kozue said in her post, we also need the confidence to follow through.
I agree with Andrew on that ambition can both be positive and negative. People with good determination and morality will utilize ambition to its full intention. On the other hand, people who are selfish and conceited will then fail in their ambition. Over all, ambition is a necessary tool to success.
Although recognition makes one satisfied and happy, I would rather be anonymous than popular. It is good that everyone knows your name, but at the same time people will watch close on you than to others. Britney Spears, despite of her negative actions, is a very popular star. She is always being watched closely by the public, and I think it will be very annoying if everyone is talking about you.
Andrew, I really liked how you mentioned that "If you set the bar too low, you will just hit the bar and stop. However, if you set the bar higher, there is no limit to the greatness that you can achieve." Ambition really is something that is needed in order to become successful. It is one of the many things that pushes and motivates us to do the things we do, to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. I found it interesting that you said it would be better to be over-ambitious than to be not ambitious at all. I agree with you because without ambition you really would hit the bar and just stop, and to me, that's not living life to its full potential.
I think that ambition is a positive because it gives you something to look forward to. It gives you the ability to set goals and try to achieve those goals. Without ambition people would never do anything unless they were forced to do it. Ambition is like adding fuel to the fire of life. It gives you that extra push to make your life better. Unless you don’t want to have a “good” life. Then you don’t really need ambition. But really who doesn’t want to have “good” life.
I think people want to be recognized because we want people to remember them. We want to leave our mark on this world any way possible. Whether it be someone remembering a good deed you did or just being famous for acting or sports. Recognition I think is something that everyone wants because we feel some sense of pride when we are recognized for something. Like answering a question in class or making that winning shot in the basketball game. Everyone likes to feel like they are wanted. And people recognizing you is good way of feeling like your wanted, even if only because your famous and people want to be like you.
I agree with you when you say that ambition is like adding fuel to the fire of life, ambition is something that grows and it’s something that shapes who we are. I agree it gives us an extra push it keeps us motivated and moving in hopefully the right direction. Without any motivation there would be no determination and without determination there’s no strength. It’s all like a constant snow ball; everything ties into each other and feeds of other things, so when you cut out something you break that chain. I agree that recognition is a way of feeling wanted and special, it’s something we find even the noblest of people chasing.
I agree with you view on ambition that it adds to the fire that drives you as a person. Also that it pushes and motivates you to be better and make good choices. It is what can keep you on track in life and keep you from the wrong choices. Yet with that fueling your fire it may still be fueling the wrong one and you may not even know it.
i agree that ambition is a positive because it gives you something to look forward to. it makes you want to do better and I agree that if it wasn't for ambition, people would only do things if they were forced to do it. if you are not motivated to do thing, then when you do end up doing it, it wont be at your 100 percent and it will lack effort. thats what i think ambition is, effort.
I think that it is good to have ambition. Obviously without it nothing would get done. But too much of it can be a problem, it can be too intense for some people. Like most things it needs to be present in moderation, without crossing the line. Ambition can bring us off our couches and away from our computers to be that person, that president of a company. But too much ambition comes off cut throat, which can land you a negative reputation. I can also understand why people aspire to go all the way and be the president rather than having the equally important job with less recognition. People want to feel the fame and the glory of being the top person. We all want to be respected and a high title position demands respect. That is why I think people who crave the recognition when they enter a restaurant or public area is because they want to be respected by everyone for what they do and how they contribute.
I feel like I am ambitious and go after what I want in life, and I feel that I am capable of going after what I desire in the future as well. However I have found that sometimes fear does hold me back. I am trying to learn not to acknowledge the fear as much and just do what I want. I know that if I want it badly enough I won’t let my fear of rejection get in the way, I can’t. Because how else will I know if I was ever capable to achieve what I want. And sometimes, I have learned to understand, that it is ok to be rejected once in a while. It makes you appreciate the goal and final outcome that much more and can even give you stronger motivation to keep going at full force.
Your comment on ambition is really interesting. Before reading your comment, I only linked ambition with fame and power, but never as specifically as respect. Your analysis of this linkage between ambition and respect is obviously correct. We shouldn’t have to hide our healthy ambition, and that is exactly why I am happy to hear you admit your ambition. On the other hand, however, I do not believe fear is simply the things that are between our goals and us. Fear can sometimes be very helpful. If Macbeth were to fear the consequences enough to stop his murder, he would not have to suffer the tragedies that are following after his succession. Fear and ambition can work together as the “check and balance” system within ourselves to guide us along the way and help prevent us from being overly ambitious.
Your bog can relate to a lot of people and I believe they will agree with you about ambition being presented in moderation. I never thought of it that way and I find that very interesting. The fear of rejection is intimidating for so many people, including myself. And I completely agree that if you want it bad enough then nothing should stand in your way. After reading your comment, I’m beginning to see that maybe failing once in a while isn’t really that bad, it only makes you try harder for the next opportunity for success.
I like the fact that you are able to admitt the fact that you are frightful at times, but also that becuase you know that is a flaw of yours, you dont let it over take your life. I think that is so amazing that you look at yourself and make the best of it!
I also agree to how you look at ambition. Ambition is both positive and negative just like I see it. The example of how ambition can get you off your couch and allow you to acheive goals is a great example!
I definately agree with what you are saying, without ambition nobody would get off their couches and actually work. Very good job although I think you should work on not letting fear get the best of you.
Personalities and characteristics are parts of who we are. Some of us are taller, some nicer, some prettier, and some more ambitious. Yet is ambition bad? Or can people better themselves with ambition? Ambition has both “fairs and fouls” in people’s lives. Ambition can be a driving force behind people toward a positive goal. At the same time, it can corrupt people and provoke them to intend evil things. A healthy ambition can urge people to enlarge their visions, set up higher goals, and put in more efforts in working toward those goals. For example, if one were to be ambitious and tries out for the position of a team leader, one would have to perfect his/her skill in order to qualify that position. That kind of ambition is positive.
On the other hand, ambition can have negative effects on people as well as positive. Ambition made Macbeth a brave hero, fighting fearlessly against the invaders. At the same time, however, it helps form his anxiety toward the throne. Without ambition, he wouldn’t feel alarmed when Duncan announces his son as the heir to his throne. It is jealousy and ambition that drives Macbeth into the murder of Duncan. He is already promoted as the thane of Cawdor, and he would’ve had great power and influence over the country, yet he neglects these powers and chooses to usurp the throne. Ambition can sometimes be a skean, killing others and the person who’s holding it. Although Macbeth’s ambition wins him the throne, as a result of his assassination, he is unable to sleep and is horrified by the murder he committed. His ambition wins him the throne yet makes him lose his health, happiness, and love.
Many times ambition comes from the need of recognition. Personally, I am not an ambitious person. However, I am sometimes eager to be recognized. When I wrote a satisfying essay, I expect to get an A. When I put lots of efforts in playing piano, I expect to pass the level tests. When I spent time working on my projects, I expect others to appreciate and compliment my work. Would people call this ambition? Probably not, because these expectations for recognitions are healthy if not overdone. They help me build strength and encourage me to work even harder toward my goals. Nevertheless, if we solely rely on these recognitions to find Self, we might lose our true Self and become over-ambitious, trying to grasp on every possible chance to win others’ recognition. Then it will become unhealthy and turns us into ungrateful people who are unable to enjoy the present. We would be overly ambitious and continuously wanting more recognition from others. Therefore, as long as ambition is under control, it will cause us no harm. Instead, healthy ambition can encourage us to work harder and put in more efforts in achieving our goals.
Nice reference to Macbeth in the second paragraph. It's great how you can relate ambition to Macbeth by just referring to the first couple of pages. However, you stated that you don't consider yourself an ambition person, but your desire to succeed in your work clearly makes you ambitious. Maybe not ambitious as a whole person, but you are ambitious when it comes towards your schoolwork, piano, etc.
I agree with you about that ambition has both “'fairs and fouls' in people’s lives". It is not ambition when you want to get a A. You want the A because you want to know how well you do and that is your goal. You use what happened to Macbeth as an example to explain everything about ambition.
I like the way you define a “healthy” ambition. A healthy ambition is that one put his or her effort in reaching the goal. People work hard toward their goals. I think ambitions can come from the need of recognition, but I also think it can also come from anonymity. For me, sometimes I would just want to accomplish something without other people notice and I would just hide myself. Mostly because I do not want to get proud and boost about achievement.
Ambition can lead to having the motivation to balance/control when one become successful in life. Ambition can lead to the right direction in your career but then again, it can also, drive you out of the direction that you choose to lead and will damage everything that you’ve built up. Or for some, it can be the only thing that is one step closer to reaching their goals. Everyone’s ambition differs because we are all not the same people and we all want different things. I think that staying anonymous or under the radar is a better solution because if I had to take on huge responsibilities and or high praises. I wouldn’t know how to deal with it.
My ambitions are to attend to a good school, have a career that I enjoy doing, and to have a family. I don’t let my ambition affect others because I know that it’s my life and not theirs. I find myself striving to do better everyday on the way I live my life. If I want something I will try my best to get it even if it takes me a while to obtain it. I can’t predict the future on what I would be like or anyone else because everyone including me changes from time to time. If I stumble on where the future will take me and I know it was not a wise one, I will pick myself back up, and keep moving forward to a positive effect that will make me learn from my mistakes.
Jessica, you make an interesting point about how ambition could be helpful. However, how would you not affect others with your ambitions? Your ambitions could inspire others to work harder. Besides that, picking oneself up and moving forward after falling down is the best way to follow through your ambitions.
I completely agree with your view. I think that people our age need to realize that they are going to be flipping burgers unless they further their education which means being ambitious and ultimately taking over your own life. Our ambitions are the same and I do think people need to be family oriented as well. I agree that you should strive to attain your goal even if it takes longer than expected. I also agree; the only person who can change your life is one’s self.
Is ambition negative or positive? Actually it depends. A hero or a successfully person can be incited and make their dreams become attainable. But to the opposite, ambition can also lead a person to be evil and hurt the world. If there is person who does not care anything, he does not have the ambition to get the reputation, wealth, honor or anything excellent. Then this person will never be advanced and he will be normal or an ordinary person. Obviously, a success person who tribute the society will always live with the ambition. For example, Obama became the president and no one can say he does not have the ambition and his ambition was much bigger than most of people. But his ambition is positive because he has a thought or belief to help the whole country to help Americans to be out of the economic crisis. But Hitler also has the similar ambition which is even larger than Obama’s because he wanted to get the world. Because of his negative ambition, he killed so many people and caused many wars in order to rule the world. Therefore, ambition is negative or positive depends on the conditions and the person’s thought.
People want recognition because that is the meaning of life. No one can explain the accurate reason for living in this world. As a result, people just have to find a way to satisfy themselves in order to live. So someone use a positive way to achieve his goal, but someone use a negative way to try to attain his goal because he thinks that he will fail if he use the positive way. My ambition is to make my dream come true. Actually I don’t have a big ambition because I only want to have a normal life like an ordinary person. I just want to have enough money to buy the things I want to buy and have a happy life. My ambitions shaped me a little, but not really. Because I don’t have the persistent to keep on doing one thing, I am a lazy person. My ambitions are healthy and it can change nothing except me. It is a source of strength, but it is not that important for me. Last summer, I decided to lose weight by eating less for a month. But in fact, I gave up after only two days because I don’t have the patience to do that and I can’t against the temptation of food. I was very guilty after that it did not change me until right now. I am not over ambitious. I think I would not change my levels of the ambitions forever.
I agree with you, because a ambition can be very unhealthy when a person is hurting the world but a person cannot live without ambitions. He will never go anywhere in life if he does not have any ambition, so I think that maybe there is an specific extent to ambition. So I think only a certain people can afford to have a great ambition, because they know where that line to the limit of an ambition is. For example, everybody is thankful for Obama's ambition because we all know that he could take excellent control of his power.
I am not suprised that you are talking about losing weight again, and I think that your ambition for that goal has been increasing. I guess one day when that ambition gets big enough, then you will losing to your dream goal. I am sure this ambition will keep motivating you to persist.
I think people want to feel known and have fame because they want to expirence the feeling and want to feel on top of the world. For me, I don't really care. I don't feel the need to be famous and be well known because I am just fine as who I am. I see some people that are well known and the fame only seems to get to them. A lot of famous people seem to be rude and they act like they are better than anyone else. Honestly, most famous people are just liek any average people, they just excel at what they do and make a lot of money. I do think it would be quite the expirence to know what it's like to have fame but I would not want to be stuck with it. I like to be able and walk out of my house without worrying about people following me. People want fame and be well known because they see the famous people right now and want to live their life. The expensive cars, fancy houses and all the attention. Attention is key and for me I don't like to much attention. I'd rather not have the spotlight on me because it is kind akward and just not me. I don't think anything is wrong if people want to have the attention, that is them and that is what they want. They feel how they feel and I feel how I feel.
I do think my ambitions are perfectly healthy and normal. I do think they are a source of strength because I don't need the attention and fame to be happy with my life. I am happy with the small things I get and getting more is just a plus. I'm happy with everything I have and I don't need anything crazy expensive or anything to make me happy. Of course it would be nice but it isn't something that is a must for me. I think my ambition is at a perfect level and i wouldn't change it because it pretty much explains me. As I grew up, I would never wish to be the president. It just never really came across my mind. However, being a professional soccer player and playing with Mia Hamm was something I always desired because playing soccer as a job seemed awesome. It would be cool to walk into a restruant and have people be like, "oh my gosh that is Ann Marie Tangorra" but that would get so old so fast. My ambition shapes me into the person I am and I think it's the reason I act how I do. I don't really like to have that much power, if any at all. It's just hasn't ever been me, even when I was little. If i had the oppurtunity to be President, I would probably turn it down. That's just me.
I agree on your take of being famous. It'd be amazing to have people recognize you, but eventually that would get old and you'd probably prefer to have some privacy. I'm also on the same page with you about rather laying low than constantly having the glitz and blitz of life--it's just not that WORTH it, if you think about it. Too often people get caught up with power and materialistic stuff that they dishonor those around them and start to forget where they come from. But like you said, "they feel how they feel, and I feel how I feel."
I love your take on celebrities. I feel the same way, they seem to build themselves up [the ones that are shallow] being famous for your skill isn't always bad though like great thinkers are famous while some are humble. I think in that profession of like acting or whatever you need to be humble otherwise your ego will engorge your whole being and then you become cocky.
I agree with you about the whole spotlight topic. Being famous would be nice in somethings but for the most part you wont be able to live a normal life. people will always try to be your friend just because of who you are. people think that being amous is going to be great but like many celebraties it becomes so overhelming they become depressed.
i like how she used something so common that we can all be fimiliar with. i like how she uses her privacy which we all value as an example of recongition . She admits that her ambitions are not perfect and that she is happy with ehr goals she has set for herself. She makes it easier for all of us to relate too.
Talking about ambitions, I have knowledge that I have a lot of goals in my life. Because setting many goals in life is one of the ways to make my life more fulfilling and memorable to live. Some of my ambitions are to go my dream college, have a successful career, keep my body healthy, and become a better person. Having these ambitions are very important because they do shape my expectations for myself. The desire of wanting to achieve my goals always give me an extra boost to work extra harder and accomplish goals. Also, the motivations which ambitions give me, they lead me to success as well. With ambitions in life, it had given me abundant of hope and living a life full of purposes.
I believe that the reason for people to have the desire for recognition is fame. Because with fame, ones accomplishments can all be seen by others under ones spotlight. By that, one can be praised by others of him or hers achievements and good actions. But, there are still some who prefer more to be living under the spotlight. It might be because they do not like other’s attention, and be anonymous. The separation between these two kinds of people is their characters. Every one of us is all different in many ways. Including our opinions, characters and our likes and dislikes on things. This makes everyone of us very unique in various ways.
I totally agree with you because fame is the reason for us to have the desire of the recognition. You said that everyone is unique because everyone has the different thoughts. Someone doesn’t want to have the attention from others; someone wanted to be an ordinary people. Definitely, everyone is shaped by his dreams or different levels of the ambition. You have so many goals in your life. I hope you can achieve your goals by taking the effort. “Nothing in the world is difficult if you set up your minds to do it.”
People want recognition because they want to feel appreciated for what they have done. They want to have the power and ability to say they are special because they have accomplished something not many people could do. Being famous is something most people crave when they grow up because they think getting that reputation will mean they are successful. On the other hand some people are hidden and don’t want to be well known. I think this is better because if I were to be famous, many people would come up to me and want my autographs and I don’t like to be followed around. I couldn’t go out alone because a lot of people would be looking at me. I just think there would be not as much pressure on a person being anonymous than being famous. People can still be very wealthy when being anonymous. I believe people should do something that will make them happy, not forcing themselves to be in the spotlight to do something with recognition because that might not be something that they want. People can be forced to do something that they don’t want to do because of a specific talent that they have which people want to see them do.
What I want to do in my life or in the future is to travel the world and get to know the everywhere. I want to get to know my surroundings in order for me to know what to do in many situations. That’s only if I have a successful job to be able to travel a lot. I want to live in a quiet and peace area where there is less violence or out of control people as possible. I don’t know an idea of what my future occupation will be, but whatever it is I want to know everything about it and hopefully won’t take too much time away from having fun and being with my family.
I think people should do what they want to do. Some people want fame and others just want a peaceful life. I agree with you on people should do thing that will make them happy. Because after all, yourself is what it really matters.
I would also like to travel around the world but not in your way. (I explained in my post) I also think that by the time you are old, it will be very diffcult to find a place that is completely peaceful.
Some people want recognition in order to feel content with their own being. Confidence is the separator between the people who would rather stay in anonymity and those who “crave the spotlight”. Depending on the person, confidence can be good or bad. There’s a fine line between self confidence and arrogance. Being confident is not bad; in some cases confidence serves as a motivator. Arrogance, however, can be considered bad. It is the result of being overconfident. Not only does arrogance hurt yourself, but it hurts others around you as well. Arrogance stops you from improving because you already think highly of yourself and expect everyone else to think the same. It all really comes down to the type of person someone is and their own confidence. Some people need recognition from others and some are content with self recognition.
I do think that my ambitions shape my expectations for myself. My ambitions push me to be a better person and to work harder to be where I want to eventually be in life. In a way, my ambitions are my motivation. My ambitions are to do well in school, get accepted by my dream college, be successful, fall in love and have a family. I constantly set goals for myself and intend to achieve them. If and when I do complete them, I do not expect any recognition from anyone else except myself. In the end, we do things to help ourselves, not anyone else. Although the choices I make may affect others around me, they essentially affect my life the most. My ambitions are healthy and are my source of strength, but I would not say that makes me over-ambitious. It is all about control and balance—the ability to know yourself and your capabilities.
Brittney, I totally agree with you when you say that it comes down to having your own confidence and believing in yourself with the decision that you make. Your right when you said that arrogance can hurt yourself, but it hurts others as well.
I can't agree with you more on your take that confidence is the sole separator between those who'd rather stay anonymous than those "in the spotlight". Today you asked me about someone doing [something], remember? Well, I'm going to use that person as an example. She has absolutely no self-esteem in the first place, which I guess is part of the reason why it prompted her to do what she did. Anyway, it just shows that she needs attention in order to prove her own existence, sadly. I wish I can tell her what you said, that we don't need to look too far for recognition and that all we need is faith.
I agree with your view on confidence that the different people and their levels of confidence. The difference between the people who want to be in the spotlight and who don’t is what sets them apart not their accomplishments because they could be equal just ones is more well known then the other. I also like your view on ambition where it is more of a tool to push you to be a better person than to shape expectations about yourself.
I think that some people want recognition and are ambitious more than others because of either of how they were raised or just their personality that builds them up that way. There’s a Korean pop-star, Bi (Rain), who knows he can do whatever he puts his mind on, and puts his best effort into it. His lifestyle is very ambitious as he’s always occupied with his singing/dancing and movie career. Many people look at him and ask him where his energy comes from, working so hard, while many celebrities are content with where they are and are arrogant about their status. His motivation and ambition comes from his mom because when he was in high school, they were very poor and his mom had diabetes which would have been curable if she had taken medicine, but they didn’t even have enough money to buy medicine for her, so as a result, she passed away. He was devastated thinking that because he could not provide enough money, his mother died. His mom left him a note and all her savings for her children, saying to take good care of his sister. After that, he worked hard, despite his failures in life, and kept pushing on for the sake of his mom. Failure after failure, he finally made it to the top and never takes anything he has for granted and thanks his mom for his success and being the one who pushed him on. I believe that ambition is a positive thing if it is in your control. Once you lose the grip and when ambition controls you, that is when it becomes corrupt.
My ambition is to make it through nursing school and become a good nurse. Whenever my relatives ask me what I want to become and I say, a nurse, they ask me, why not become a doctor while I’m at it. It feels like they always think of a nurse, as a lowly position, since the title of a doctor is much more respectable and highly noticed. I want to become a nurse because I love helping people but I don’t like the feeling of having that whole responsibility of someone’s life in my hands. I’m more of the behind-the-scenes type of person. I personally don’t like being in the spotlight and getting all the attention. In the future I know I have to raise my ambition and goals in life and get out of my comfort zone whether I like it or not. I think that once we have power in our hands and we’re successful with it, we take another step and try to see how far we can go and sometimes that can lead to the corruption of people.
Hey Eunice i totally believe in the like, "you should be all you can be" I think u totally could be a doctor cause your really smart and hard working, but I believe in this line more, "get a job you like." I've heard so many stories of other kids entering top schools who just end up dropping out, not saying you won't make it, but in the beginning those kids didn't even want to go to those top schools. I totally believe in your future nursing career. Like what Mr. Feraco said in the future it's going to be YOU that is working your job not those other people.
To me I really don’t think fame is that big of a deal, because there are 64 trillion human beings out there, and one will never be able to be famous enough for all of them you know one. So being famous for the popularity is dumb. Secondly, being a Good Samaritan so that people would recognize you, and praise you, then suddenly you would become popular is such a separate act. I believe there is only one person in this world everyone needs to be honest and totally true to is yourself. You can’t let the influence of society pressure you and tell you what you do; you can’t let the lies of your peers get to you. You have to stay true and honest to yourself.
So if I was ever to do something outrageously wonderful for someone, I would never tell them, that it was me. Because what’s makes the moment is that it stays. and that by exposing the truth there will be concepts such as "oh, i owe you one" etc. there for I think when one do a good thing for someone else that they love and care about, they shouldn’t really tell them who did it. The mystery and the excitement and the fact that it was just a gift falling out from the sky make it the best of all.
I just hope everyone can think in the way you do, about ambition. However, I am not sure if I agree with you when you say you would not let your loved ones know what you wonderful things you do for them. I think it should depend on the condition. If you love them and them love you, too, and you really know each other, then there should not be anything like who owe who something. No matter what, all we need to do is to do what we are supposed to do and what we want to do, that is the most important thing.
Different people have different goals. In order to reach the dream, ambition is necessary. Depends on people, ambition can be big or it can be small. Although it is an essential tool to success, most of the time ambition has negative effects. From history to modern society, people with ambition are not always the best model. For example, Hitler in the beginning only wants to eliminate Jewish people. But as his power expands, his ambition grows bigger. He not only wants to wipe out the Jews, but also to conquer as much as land as possible. If it were not U.S who stopped his evil plan, he would probably have taken the world. In addition, politicians are also full of ambition. Most of the senators in the congress have a common goal – to sit in the white house. However, not all of them succeed. In order to sit at that spot, it requires not only huge ambition but also some dirty tricks which politician always play on each others. Although ambition is a must have tool, it can be harmful. People sometimes show their greediness and the dark side of human beings in reaching their goals. Too big of an ambition can allow one to lose control easily; therefore, it is negative.
If I have the control of direction of my life, I would want to travel around the world. As of now, I do not have the ability to do so because I need to finish my education. People often said they want to travel around the world when they have saved enough money. But at the time they have the money, they don’t have the time and health. Because of that, I want to live in one place and look for a job in the local community. Then when I have worked enough to save necessary money, I would go on to the next country. I know this sound full of imagination and ridiculous, but I would really like to attain this kind of life style. If I have the chance and opportunity to do the thing I want, I would give my best try with no regrets.
I like the example you used of Hitler, how he's a bad example of someone with too much ambition in his power. Eventually, too much ambition, in a negative way, leads to their own downfall. I also want to travel around the world too! I've never been outside of this continent. But of course, our goal right now is to find a stable job that will support us and our family.
I agree with the example about the politicians and Hitler. It is usually the mind that makes the ambition bad. For politicians, they want to be elected and take hold of the position, so they have to compete with each other. Meanwhile, people sometimes would show their “dark side” because they want to reach their goal. It is as if the actions justify the mean for them, and people sometimes would do everything just for their ambitions.
OK Mr. Feraco this is my second time writing this so sorry if it seems chunky because my computer froze and I didn't get a chance to submit.
I happy we got this topic because my ambition is to pursue art. I feel like there is good ambition and bad. People like recognition for their idea because it is their originality. So when artist make a beautiful piece of art I feel like they should capitalize on the fact that it is theirs before someone tries to skew their art in a another attempt. It really gets me when someone does another "version" of a creation because most of the times these days they are are altering the original idea. Patents you could say are a way of encasing your originality. I think many people however only like recognition because people will see their idea as not mainstream which then changes into the new thing. Like lets take wearing ugg boots, like two years ago people thought it was weird to wear boots in California [dude its hot here] with jeans but now everywhere you go BOOTS! same with the whole lumberjack shirt. In some ways there are bad recognition because [ you will probably hate me for this Mr. Feraco] I had plagiarized whole section of my 5th grade state report. I figure its because I was overconfident with cheating. Anyways my teacher exposed me in front of everyone and I cried. I learn being uppity can be my failure and copying is just stupid. Bad recognition is in a aspect good because the truth is seen [in my case].
My ambitions are more the flame that ignite my drive. My ambitions are to become a graphic designer/ logo specialist. I know I will achieve this and I will smile at the people who said it was too hard for me to do. My chance at failure truly drives me to succeed. I think if I failed at my dream I would probably be crushed. My strength makes me want to not do bad. I felt like while everyone else was lifting up I was gravitating towards the norm. I hate being the same as everyone else because in my future career that means you won't get a job. I like to take ideas and compare and create a momentous idea that would blow peoples' minds. Success cannot be compromised in my life because its what makes me want to better myself.
Juhee! i didn't know that you did that in 5th grade! shame on you! tsk tsk haha jk. I really enjoyed reading this and i like how you're pursuing art! I totally agree with you about the originality thing. It's kind of annoying how lots of things become the "new trend" or other things become "mainstream" and people rip other people off of their ideas. By the way...good luck with Dakatoa!
Juhee (Pepper :]) I really enjoyed reading this I agree with what you're saying that your chances of failure drive you to succeed. I loved the thing about boots haha I have always thought that (and I surprisingly never got any). I like your take on people wanting to be recognized. Good Job! :]
A typical dream for many people, is fame, popularity, and simple success. Why Do People Want to Get recognized? Being recognized for a typical person like us, middle class citizens, is a big change, and is composed of a serious of happy emotions. To be famous like a singer, or actress/actor, or even a famous ball player, would be “the coolest thing ever”, thats why many people want to be recognized by fame. Being famous can leave a great impact on the next generation ahead to. Being recognized for our accomplishments as an individual is a great impact, but to achieve those accmoplishments we must first fight for success.
Fighting for success leads to the concept of “ambition”, having a certain desire to acheieve something great. People have done great things, or have had great ambition to get to were their at, at a stable career, would include: presidents, singers, actors, actresses, or so many more. But more often that we recognize to have completed many accomplishments is our parents. Our parents have had great ambition to be were their at now, at a job, supporting us teens, and had made many sacrafices to continue on their ambition. I believe that having the ambition to achieve something great is very healthy, because having ambition is having the motivation that we look for within ourselves to achieve something great. What if their was no ambition within ourselves? What would happen? Having no ambition to do something, you have no motivation to do anything, we all need that push in our lives to get to were we want to get to in life. I also believe that having the ability of “ambitions” is one of my sources of strengths, because it has given me a view of life that I would like to achieve. If I were to change the level of my ambitions I would probably higher it, to get me more motibated than ever to achieve great things.
Hadrian, i agree with you about the whole fame thing. I can relate to your blog. I also think that's why people want to be famous because it's such a change and is a big deal to them.
Hadrian, I like how you tied in our parents to the ambition argument. I sort of agree with your first points about fame but not entirely. i think although at first fame does cause happiness it tends to go downhill and tends to cause great depression and/ or desperation. I also think that you made it to general in saying that everyone wants fame.
People want to be acknowledged for their achievements that they have made in life. Most desire to be known for their good qualities rather than their bad. However for some people it’s bad because they crave attention and take things too far just to be in the spotlight. People that do have too much attention crave the opposite. They desire privacy and would rather blend in more than stand out. I think it’s ok to do good things in front of others. After all it’s better to do more good in the world than bad. So why not? If the sole reason behind this good intention is just for show, then it’s bad.
When it comes down to it, the thing that matters most to me is becoming successful and having a decent career. I don’t care about be well known, I just don’t want to end up as starving artist. I care about doing something I like because I will end up doing it for the rest of my life and that matters to me a lot. I think my ambitions are healthy, they reflect my strengths. Currently I’m not really ambitious, (I used to be) I think it’s just a phase though because I‘m getting lazier. If anything I wish I was more ambitious and determined.
OMG JACKIE DAKOTA! [sorry Mr. Fercaco again!]
I agree with that doing something good for attention is bad. I feel like its because some people are still insecure about themselves they need that attention for some form of security. But yeah it does really bug me when people rip off other stuff now. Its like their idea was raped and forced to work for someone else. If that makes sense, anyways I love your phases by the way of being ambitious.
I definitely agree that people want to be noticed and acknowledged for their achievements. I know I do. I think that lots of people like to be noticed for the bad things as well like gang members, and rebels. They like that sort of attention. I don’t think that it should be that way but it is. I also agree that it shouldn’t matter about your ambitions, and that you should just follow your career and whatever it brings, it brings. It shouldn’t matter how you got there, and what you were praised for. In the end, it just depends on what you ended up doing.
The main reason people want recognition is because they feel like if they worked hard for something, they should be rewarded. Most humans these days don’t like doing things just for the heck of it. They like to have a reason why they’re doing something. It’s very rare that you find someone who does hard work out of the kindness of their heart. Many crave the spotlight because they like how it feels to be praised for something that they do. I think it’s just the way that society is nowadays. People feel that they can’t just do things for free because of the recession. They feel like if it is taking time out of their everyday lives to do something, they should be paid, or gifted. It is just too bad that it has to be this way, but that’s how society is now. Don’t get me wrong, there are still many people that do volunteer work and have internships, but for people my age, it is very unlikely.
I think many people on this earth have high ambitions for their goals and dreams. Even though we might understand that it could take forever to get what we want, we still try to go for it. The desire to achieve something is such a great feeling that I think everyone wants it. Everyone likes the feeling of getting rewarded. Some people have the desire to work for free. They work just for the satisfaction of others, for example volunteer work at a local hospital. People like to help others because that is their certain personal achievement. They like seeing happiness on other people’s faces rather than theirs. My ambitions are healthy to me because I think lots of people have the same ones as I, like being rich. I don’t think, and I hope I’m not over- ambitious though. I think for my age level, my ambition level is just fine. I’m not asking for too much.
I like how you said people feel they need spotlight becasue that just society nowadays. Its so sure society has such an impact on everyone .Which is riduculous because you see so many little girls trying to change themselves to look like one of the celbraties they see n t.v. People should not try and change themselves to look like else. Everyone was created different and given different personalities for a reason.
I really like your first response; it makes me feel a little guilty though. When you said how people want recognition for the things you do just because you work so hard for it. I had that feeling when I was in color guard. I think people just feel unappreciated when no one tells them how well you did or how much they really need you other than acting as if they don’t need you at all. But yeah that just really triggered something for me good job Caryn.
I think your first part is so true. Even I wouldn't do something without getting something in return. Nothing would be better to be praised for something I do. I think recognition is a tricky thing because we cant tell for sure if there's a motive or if he/she is doing it from his/her heart.
It’s never good to have too much of one thing, even if it’s supposedly “good”. If anything, life should be dealt with balance. So for this matter, one should realize their ambitions but also know where to draw the line. I hate that often times there are negative connotations with being overly ambitious. I actually like to be ambitious because it highlights my potential, but in the past history of mankind, as represented in stories like Julius Caesar and Macbeth, being overly ambitious clearly has its harm. In my point of view, the key to leading a positive and ambitious path in life is to have both awareness and balance. Macbeth is aware that murder is an unforgivable sin but still does what he doesn’t want to do in the first place. This is because he does not have faith in himself and becomes too desperate to fulfill his “destiny”. If he is confident and patient, he probably would've figured out that there's a another way to attain Duncan's position.
As of now, I don’t exactly have a clear direction on where I want to go in life, and I know this sounds bad, but I have a reason. I’m not really the type of person who plans what I’ll be doing in one, five, or ten years from now. My current goal is to get accepted to my first-choice school, finish my homework, and get enough sleep. It’s not really complex or over the top because I like to take things one step at a time rather than think of things way beyond my reach. When I tackle these simple tasks, I feel content, and as a result, I become ambitious because I’m more focused and motivated to attain my next set of goals. Because I’ve found what I work best with, I do not want to change my level of ambition. I think people should generally relax and take things easy, because it really is very easy to get caught up in the moment.
Yes, balance is the key to success. Being overly ambitious usually has a negative connotation due to the fact that most of those with too much ambition becomes corrupted by power. It's not bad that you do not have a defined, future goal. In fact, many of us still have no clue where we will be in the future. It's better to stay focused on what's directly in front of you at the moment than focus on what could be.
i really feel what you are saying. It is true that ambition is good, but there needs to be a border line to stop people going over their head. I also feel the same way about my future. I guess i am not going to worry about it, right now, i just want to focus on my study.
I agree with you that it’s never good to have too much of something. It is definitely important to be able to balance your life. I also feel that ambition is typically a good thing, but it does come with its consequences. It’s true that it’s easy to get caught up, and I like that you think that people should just take it easy, because things can get really frantic. I hope that you get accepted into your first choice school and good luck in finding your clear direction on where you wish to go in life!
Some people think that if they are not recognized for what they have accomplished then that means they are a failure. I think people try so hard to be recognized by a certain social class. One should not worry about trying to fit in and be recognized by the “popular” kids. People should just try to make themselves happy and accomplish their goals. If you are always trying to be in the spotlight, then you are probably changing yourself to be the type of person you are not. Being in a spotlight probably helps people realize that they are actually accomplishing something and have done something that turns heads. It should not be about what other people think it should be about the way you feel and the way you view yourself.
My ambitions are to go to college and work towards becoming a nurse. I want to be able to support myself so that when I get married I won’t have to depend on my husband to support me. My ambitions help keep me focused and strong. Since I know I will never want to be helpless and depend on someone I know I have to work hard and get a career I will enjoy and be able to support myself with. I think my ambitions are healthy because they make me want to better myself. My ambitions help me make decisions I may regret. I know if I don’t graduate from high school and college then I will not be able to get a career I truly enjoy.
Jeanie- I definitely agree with you in the first paragraph. People do try to be in the spotlight to attain social status. But in the end, I think people end us disliking themselves for who they are. I also like the fact that you want to work towards becoming a nurse, so that you don’t have to depend on your husband because just because he’s your husband, it does not mean he is like your mother and does everything for you.
With recognition, one gains respect. With enough respect, one gains power. We all seek power and our ambition drives us towards this goal. The pursuit of power isn’t just a pursuit of independence. Power grants us control, not just of our own lives but of others. However, there are some who would rather stay in anonymity than achieve recognition. These people reject power out of fear. When one obtains power, one also obtains the huge amount of responsibility that comes with it. They lack the ambition and the desire to achieve power. Many leaders have gotten to where they are thanks to their ambitious nature. Not once have I heard of a great leader who lacks ambition.
I lack ambition. Not because I do not desire control of my life, but because I don’t know what to do with my life yet. In fact, I have no idea what kind of career I want at this moment. It would be pointless to become ambitious towards a goal that doesn’t even exist. However, at some point in life I would need to develop healthy ambitions in order to achieve my goals. Without the ambition and desire to succeed, I might as well be giving up. Until then, I should just focus on succeeding in what has already been laid out in front of me.
I totally agree how with recognition, one gains respect and with that, gains power. I think the best power one person can have is respect and fear. With fear, there is virtually no opposition to challenge that power and with respect, everyone would just step aside for you. I think these two are the only 2 ways a leader, especially in politics, can achieve power.
Too much power can cause corruption, too much confidence can cause conceited, and too much ambition can cause goals for the wrong reason. There are different levels of ambition, some have so much ambition that they lose the sight of what is really important and is willing to do anything to get it. Parents would want their children to have ambition to set goals to follow through, but to have too much ambition, where nothing else matters crosses the line of positive ambition. My ambitions are based on the future, I want to receive a good education hoping that will gain me a well job specializing in sociology. It is typical for people to have power because that implies independence, security and control, but for some people they want to be seen as powerful? Why? I think because they are insecure and need power to feel secure. Power can be a good and a bad thing also. As human beings, we naturally desire power independence, control, security and enlightenment. Human being’s one mistake is when we corrupt ourselves by becoming greedy and selfish. Even if we are a influential figure to many, that may not be enough for some people, that they need more power to be satisfied.
Some people want power badly that it includes recognition, it is a flaw that us humans attain. We have “kid’s syndrome” we want more than we can handle, in this case power. It is likely to head to corruption. Then again there are those people that want to remain anonymous. They do not crave attention or the spotlight. I think that these people are comfortable minimum power that they do not need too much to feel secure. These people understand they do not need too much security or power to be satisfied and may understand that too much can cause corruption. I think that at times it is better to be shun in the light because in society, it is the survival for the fittest and that only the best will succeed. IT is not a matter or arrogance or conceitedness, more of success. I have my goals set out for me, it may be many people’s goal, becoming successful, and working in an environment I am comfortable with and having a family being financially secure. Also, one think I have been craving for since I was little is to study abroad, I have always wanted to travel, but my parents always had to work. I am an outdoors person and always craved for new sights.
I like the fact the point you made about how there are different levels of ambition. I find it also true how the base root of the negative side to ambition is greed and wanting more of power. Living in this world means that you have to be in the top and only the people who are more on the extreme side of ambitious, will be recognized and noticed. Part of my ambition is also to become successful enough to provide for my family and help everyone live comfortable lives.
Ambition by itself can neither be positive nor negative. A person’s ambition based on his morality determines whether it is positive or negative. An ambition to take over the world, enslave all and force all to serve him/her. That is a dark ambition. An ambition to be a great leader to ensure a safe world for his/her friends could be an example of it positive. However both of these have one thing in common. Both involve recognition of who you are and what you have potential of becoming. Being recognized by many people brings fame, brings respect. As a result, you gain power of influence. You have the power to influence those who trust and respect you. The more popular and famous you get, the more you are able to stretch your power to. You are seen as powerful and therefore you have power to influence those who believe you have such power.
I strive to simply survive. I don’t expect to do extremely well in life; however I hope my life doesn’t turn out horribly. I wish to live a simple life, a life where I make decent money, enough to survive and a life where I can enjoy myself from time to time. I believe that most people would like a life like what I would want. An ambition to live life simply yet enjoyably is not something I would consider over-ambitious and I would consider it a healthy one. I would not raise nor decrease my level of ambition. I'm happy with what I have and who I am.
Many individuals in life end up coming to a screeching halt when they are having trouble figuring out what they want in life. I am a very ambitious person but I am still not sure what I want to exactly do in my life. Graduation is coming fast and each day we get closer it gets harder and harder for me to rap my mind around the fact that I’m about to be on my own. Since I don’t really know what I want to do yet, I don’t want to go straight to a four year and end up wasting my parent’s money because I changed my mind a whole bunch of times. I really want to go straight off to a four year, but deep down inside I’m not sure if I want to take off so soon. When I go to school I want to be sure about my major and get everything done. I have numerous ambitions just like everyone else, I just I need to put them in an order so it will make it easier for me to reach my goals. I think my ambitions have a huge affect on my expectations for myself. For some reason this year my expectations have dropped significantly. I have aloud myself to become more lazy and careless about my school work. So at this point I don’t expect myself to work very hard. But I think once I finally graduate and go to a school where I want to be, I will go back to the way I used to be.
I have extremely healthy ambitions, and they are a huge source of my strength. I see my ambitions as food for my strength, if that makes any sense. My ambitions feed my strength to make me a stronger person to make it easier for me to reach my far goals. As you just read my last response, you can see that I am not overly ambitious, I think my ambitions are just right; other than the way I seem to doubt myself a lot. I would never change my ambitions and will never do so, I don’t care how old or tired I get, I am not going to let myself forget what I want to achieve. Not in a million years man.
I liked that you pointed out that we've all been running, racing to this point in our lives; freedom, independence all of it’s ours in a matter of months but now that our future is so close now that we can almost grab it, were all starting to slow down, were all starting to back up. We see it, and personally I fear it, something I thought I wanted all these years, and all the sudden it seems so scary. I completely understand when you say that your ambitions are the food of strength, I think so to. It seems to be that most ambitions run off what we give it, we can constantly feed ourselves false ambitions but no matter we always seem to find our center.
Ambition itself isn’t negative or positive. I believe it’s the object of our ambition that characterizes it. For example, if your ambition is to take advantage of others for personal gain then its wrong. But having the ambition to empower others can be noble. The motivation behind our actions determine whether it’s a good or bad trait. It would be hard for me to imagine life with little or no ambition. Most people lose their drive to succeed because of a lack of confidence or direction. But I believe there are other factors that tie into this; the fear of failure or the fear that the sacrifice required to achieve our dream is greater than we can handle. In the end, the decision to overcome those fears and live up to our potential can inspire us to change.
Ambition has been my strength in aspects in my life and in others not even present, especially in academics and sports. When I usually study for a test or start on a essay I automatically assume I’m going to get a bad grade no matter how long a study for or how late I stay up. I have no drive to push myself in schoolwork. I don’t have much confidence to challenge myself with honor classes or AP; I just barely get by. But in sports, there is a whole other side of me. I am always pushing myself toward new challenges. No matter how difficult, I’m always driving myself to succeed. Now, I beginning to wonder if all my hard work has ever paid off; after all I don’t get recognized for being a good player so I’m confused and have lost most of that ambition I use to have.
I agree with Nina by the fact that ambition and whether or not it is beneficial is determined by the person's motive. Some ambition may be fairly good such as wanting to better mankind while others are cheating others just to become famous. However, I think that ambition and recognition is not equivalent, therefore if a person is not recognized for his or her effort should not result in the loss of ambition. So, I think that as long as you keep working on your ambition eventually good aspects of your life would appear.
It so happens that as I’m sitting here writing about ambition I look across the table and see our ASB President. He’s been the President, and stood at the apex of control since freshmen year. Truthfully, each time he won another election I was envious and thought I could do a better job. Today, I actually know what his job title holds and I don’t want his job because I simply can’t perform it better than he can. I do have ambition like Lady Macbeth, but also like Creon I can sit back and let someone take control. Before entering my freshmen year I had a set of goals that I made. These goals were ambitious and were all leadership positions in school. Although today I’ve achieved most of them I sometimes wonder why I wanted so much. From the inside I can only I wanted to be someone, I wanted to be known. I wanted to be active in school.
Although ambition could lead people to have pride, I think ambition has only helped me achieve higher. No one grows up and says, “I want to be fifty and still live with my parents.” Although this still happens, no one sets their goals this low. Ambition helps people succeed because ambition is the want to achieve. Because someone wants to achieve, they will keep trying, it’s the secret to success.
Aww Albert. It's alright though because since you've been in ASB for a long time, you'll know how to run whatever position (boys relations?) in the real world. But you know Albert, you'll never know if you can handle the President position. If you were, you'd be surprised how well you could handle it.
I agree with you on how ambition could lead people to pride beucase it does. It can have people be overconfident in what they do that it brings them down. I also agree with how you said that ambition helps people succeed. It really is a goal that gets you going for whatever it is that you want.
Albert! This is so cute! LOL I agree with what you’re trying to say about ambition as a motivation to achieve goals and aim high. Without ambition, we don’t really look into anything, we won’t really desire anything. Ambition helps us set goals and it drives us to achieve them.
I believe most people want recognition is because they did a really good job on something and would like to get credits. Many people these days would want recognition for anything they do. I think its better if we do something and not get recognition. Recognition for me is just fame and praise. The more we get recognition the more we try to get recognition from others, and maybe sooner or later they will be doing something for the wrong reason. Sometime I think receiving recognition is a wrong thing. I think celebrities and normal people are totally different, all the celebrities now want is just fame and money. On the other hand some normal people will do community services so they can help others. I think life will be better without fame.
My ambition for life is to get into a good college, get a great job, and have a family. It’s pretty hard for me to achieve them because many people have put me down and say it won’t happen or I will give up soon. But I believe in myself that I will make it all come true if I just do my best. In order to be successful in the future, I must not listen to all those negative comment, not slack off and do my best in every way. I do think my ambitions are healthy for me. I believe if I do not set my goal in life, then there will be no meaning in life or life will be plain boring. I think I am controlling my direction in life. I am controlling it by choosing a college that I want to go to, get to choose weather I want to move out or stay home while I’m in college. We are going to graduate from high school pretty soon, and I’ll be one step closer to my goal in life.
Ambition is an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment. Generally, I find ambition very healthy. Heroes that we have gone through (Cady, Siddhartha, Neo, and Beowulf) are great because they possess ambition of breaking the present for something new/better, whether it’s enlightenment, power, or victory. Siddhartha leaves home to look for enlightenment, Neo steps into the reality from a fake, peaceful world; Beowulf fights Grendle for the glorious victory. All their actions show the qualities of ambition, and without it, none of these heroes is able to achieve greatness.
Though ambition may motivate people to do great things, but people generally lose sight of their goals once they hold the power. “A person either dies hero or lives long enough to see him become a villain.” -Harvey. Sometimes people who seek for power are too naïve to recognize the tremendous amount of time, effort, and responsibilities that they will have to sacrifice. Power does not corrupt people; people just lose sight of their goals under the immense amount of pressure. As the president of Chinese Club, I truly understand the hardship of being a leader. I do my job in hopes of improving the school whether it’s promoting Chinese culture or the school spirit. But sometimes I would get in over my head and lose sight of my goals because I have so much power. So in order to find the balance, I’ve learned how to listen to people’s opinions and learn from my mistakes. In the end, though power comes with tremendous amount of pressure, people are still able to find a balance point through hard work and listening.
Wow Terry i really do agree with you about how ambition is very healthy, but also ambition could cloud our thoughts. Like for you Chinese Club, when I lead other committees i try to be more humble and listen to what other think. At times it's really hard to deal with the thought of, "if i don't get this right, the club will be crumble." Know that you always have help from advisers, your cabinet, and friends. Thanks Terry
Ambition is something no one can change it’s something you hold close to you. People can change, people can grow, we all mature and turn into better or different people; but as we all change so do our ambitions. I don’t have the same ambitions as I did when I was younger, my ambitions have grown and shaped with me. I believe that our ambitions are the otter shells of our personalities or the otter surface of ourselves, because we all have impossible ambitions. I could say one of my ambitions would be to marry Mark Sanchez, my other would be wanting to go to a good college; ones always more practical then the other, and personally I think most of us wrap ourselves with impossible ambitions because no matter how ridiculous the ambition, it still gives us a path to walk on; it gives us stepping stones into our future. But the beauty of ambition is that it can always change you can start out with something impossible and come out with a life. Ambition gives motivation; it gives inspiration, we have to believe in any kind of ambition, whether it be big or small it’s important to have something worth pursuing.
People want recognition because they want to be remembered or noticed. Anyone who says different is lying; when we do good things, when we accomplish great things we don’t do it for our own satisfaction we do it for the recognition and satisfaction of others. I’m not saying its something to be ashamed of, it’s something that drives all of us; for example right now were all applying to colleges, and most people have done extra things throughout their past, such as charity, or sports; and why? Because when we send in the application we hope it’s the one that stands out, hope it’s the one that’s going to be noticed; we all want to stand out more then our competition. Were all hoping for that edge; we hope we get recognized.
These are the things that keep the world turning, it keeps us ticking, and we stay motivated and determined to go through life. We keep moving forward tackling our boundaries with full force because without these things; without ambition and recognition life just seems so ordinary, and I don’t know about everyone else but I want to be extraordinary.
Cassy, I am so impressed with your response. I completely agree. Ambition is one of the keys to the world continuing to turn, the key to ticking of our human clocks, and the progressivism of our time. If people did not want recognition, they wouldn’t truly care to go volunteer so they could put it on their applications and whatnot. I really like your belief that ambition changes and forms to be our “outer shell.” That ws truly impressive.
Recognition can be attained only by those who earn it and want it. People have different personalities; some are shy while others enjoy talking till their jaws fall off. In my point of view I believe half the people crave each of these two sides. There is not a good or bad outlook if you chose either side because from my everyday experience with classmates, being in the spotlight is as dangerous and safe as being one of the audiences. In my science class there is two Asian guys who are both best friends although one is shy and the other is playful and outgoing. The shyer one does not participate in class discussions although when it comes to grades he overrules his friend by a long run. His friend on the other side talks a lot in class, sometimes at the wrong time however, his grade is not so bad either if you have a more lenient opinion. He is what we call in economics the average kid. In this case the shyer kid has a better outlook then his friend. This can be reversed as well although that does not happen often. This is why I believe recognition can either benefit you positively or negatively.
For now I just hope my ambition leads me some where down the road where I can ask myself “Are you satisfied?” and my answer would be “fully”. I will not reveal my undercover plans regarding my future life because I simply dislike spoiling the end. I fear that if I make plans then something or someone some where will try to alter it for good or bad. I have faith my ambitions will lead me to the right destination. There is nothing wrong with spoiling your future plans with everyone although I just hope those people are successful. People everywhere will be watching and talking. Every move you decide to take can affect you. Let us just hope there is enough ambition stored.
I believe there are two kinds of people in this world. One kind just wants to live a comfortable life because they feel like they already have everything they need, and they can sleep without fear. According to my observation, this kind of people usually has a very smooth life and they have always gotten what they wanted. They never really need to work for any needs, because there are always someone there to give them everything Ever since they were born, there are always people there to take care of everything for them. They do not really have much ambition because they feel that they have already had a fulfilled life, and they just wish that they could maintain this comfortable lifestyle forever. However, I believe that more people are the second type, because most people have to work to the top and they are not given everything at birth. Nowadays in this competitive world, more and more do not want to live a comfortable lifestyle but they want to be recognized for their ability. They believed that they could only feel truly powerful when they work to possess much asset, while people choose the aggressive lifestyle they are choosing to give up the comfort of sleeping without fear, and they might never live the comfortable lifestyle. I can understand both lifestyles, because everybody has different perspectives about life. For example, some people are satisfied with the life that they have always been living, so they feel that they do not need to work to get more. While others never got what they desired, so they worked twice as hard to get what they want. This is the motivation for many first generation Jewish, Asian immigrants to use their intelligence to succeed, because they never had much, so they were determined to be recognized. In some ways, this psychological influence from society background became a determinant factor of what kind of status a person wants.
Ambition is only positive and health when a person has actual actions to achieve what he wants. It is unhealthy for a person to just dream about what he wants and never really do anything toward the goal. Because daydreaming just wastes away a person’s life, if he never has the guts to do anything. A person cannot lack ambition, because ambitions support a person’s intelligence. Ambition gives a person hope and strength when he is climbing to success, so his intelligence will be extent to the limit. Ambition reach its limit when it start to hurt another people, for example, a leader cannot intervene with his people because he wants more control over his power. Even though some people think that many hurtful action can be justified by ambition, but ambition can never just justified a cruel action. I have ambitions in life, because I have always wanted to do many things. My ambition is that one day I can build a success career and live the rest of my life with people who I truly love. I want to live a optimistic and passionate, so mostly importantly I want to live a healthy life because the pain of illness have tortured me for years and I never want to go back to that lifestyle again. When I achieve all this, I want to help more people in that world who are more unfortunate and share my love with them. I hope that one day I will achieve all my ambition, but I am sure this ambition will always give me ambition to go higher.
I see having ambition as a positive but can be used as a negative. Sure all high school students are told by there parents daily to focus on school to make their future successful. We as students are constantly pushing our selves to the limit by setting the bar high and being ambitious. I think it is a good thing that are parents are so tough on us because we are younger with fewer years of experience in the cruel, not always fail place, we call life. I am very ambitious in all aspects of my life. I know what I want and I know what is acceptable. I feel I am harder on myself than my mother actually is. I know I will succeed in anything I truly put my mind to. I know some people need others to remind them of their goals and why need to be attained; I am not this kind of person. I do believe my ambitions as well as my morals shape me into the Michelle I am today.
Being ambitious is healthy; I can not think of a reason why it would not be. Obsessions is not healthy and ambitions can turn into an obsession. I think we choose our choices as we choose our level of ambition. We know how far we are willing to go in order to reach a goal. Free will is a factor into finding your ambition. The choices you make will be life changing.
Our society today is built of social status. We are more interested in others lives than our own. All we hear on the news is what kind of dog will be living in the white house. We hear about what color of tie men in society are wearing, not what they are preparing to do if they are elected. I think we focus on the bad or off situations upon higher people in society because to us as citizen this shows that they are human as us. We as average Americans want to be recognized in order to raise our social status. Everyone would like to be remembered as someone or have had done something important in their life time. We thirst to be noticed for all of our work and accomplishments. I do not mean that every American is cocky and would like to be related to a celebrity. We want recognition; not just fame.
I believe there are two kinds of people in this world. People who take advantage of an opportunity and people that do not. This is the reason these people are shown as separate. The people that thirst for fifteen minutes of fame are the same ones that take advantage of the situation. The other person does not take advantage. Both type of people have the same ambition; others are more aggressive. Being ambitious and aggressive are not the same because people take the extremes in order to succeed.
I agree with you that recognition is just not for fame, but to be cared about. It’s our ambition that probably pushes us to want recognition in a way as well. Also, a very interesting point made about how our society is built on social status. For the most part, I think you’re right. That being so, sometimes we miss some of the details that are most important because of social status. Your points were very nicely stated and well understood.
Ambition is definitely a strong and passionate outlook to approach on certain situations and in my eyes can cause an equal amount of negative and positive atmospheres. Positive because if you strive for a certain goal strongly enough to know you can succeed, then that shows that you’re in control of how the outcomes will turn out in life experiences. Unfortunately too much ambition can persuade your thinking into negative actions. When you start to feel desperate to achieve a certain goal, then that shows that it will be hard for anyone or anything to stop you from achieving it; which can easily cause you to hurt yourself and others during the process.
Its like relationships, when you start to like a certain someone so much and they happen to turn their back and seem to have their interest else where, then you get hurt. You start to feel all kinds of emotions that are directly a negative impact on your self esteem. We have all been through it, so I know you all know exactly what I am talking about. You quickly gain ambition to prove to them that you’re better and that they are going to miss out, but sadly it was never about you it was just them. We are all special in our own way and we don’t see that, it wasn’t the fact of not being good enough for them; it was just that the two of you together wasn’t a match. When we are dependent directly on ourselves then that is when we can take control of how our lives are lived. Its hard to achieve this, but when your able to control your self esteem and emotions throughout what life throws at you, then you at less of a risk of having others hurt you. So were the ones who put ourselves through pain while trying so hard to prove to others that were something special, and end up getting hurt, when in reality we should already know were special. So I feel that ambition can definitely have a strong negative impact on your life, if you are not strong enough to use it to better yourselves and not let it break you down.
I believe that ambition is something that you enjoy. You can do whatever your ambition wants, but the more you do it, the less you are interested in it. We begin to stray from our ambition and find/look for new ones. The main characters from the movies and books we watched and read all had ambitions. Cady's was to fit in at her new school and make friends. Siddhartha's ambition was to find enlightenment, but in his case, once he obtained it, he was happy with it and did not stray for something else. Neo ambition was to look for the truth, kind of like Siddhartha, except we don't know what happens after he finds the truth because we didn't watch the second and third movie.
Ambition can be both positive and negative. Ambition can also be neither. If one's ambition were to affect others in a good way, it would be a positive ambition. If it affected others in a bad way, say to hurt them and such, then it would be negative. People may think there may only be two sides, but they don't think about the neutral side. Where it doesn't affect anyone else (although it can have a positive or negative on you). But overall, ambition is more like a positive thing because it makes you reach for it. You need to strive for it to obtain it.
you mean Neo's ambition?
I agree with "You need to strive for it to obtain it." That's one of the things that ambition makes people do. It makes us work hard for what we want. And I think the harder it is to get what you want, the less hope and ambitious we'll become.
I agree on your view of ambition. Ambition motivates us to work hard and improve ourselves. What determines good ambitions from bad ambitions is how it affects others. I've never really thought of ambition as a neutral thing. Thank you for broadening my horizons.
I think that ambition is a good thing and some what of a necessary evil. Even though ambition can give you the drive to accomplish great things and fulfill your life purpose and all that it can also harm things. In the case of Macbeth his ambition to be king causes him to kill the king and take the thrown by force. Ambition is that little nudge that pushes you along towards greater or possibly more terrible things in life. Even though it has the power to do more harm than good its power for good can be greater in the right hands and frame of mind.
People in general want to be recognized for their deeds and accomplishments. Some just want a more low key form than others. I personally like the more low key form in the way that I don’t really like to boast the accomplishments that I have done, where others do. I find that the people who really like to shove their accomplishments down other people’s throats are very arrogant in their state of mind and it tends to get people to hate them for it. For instance the fact that I’m an Eagle Scout is a big accomplishment and all but I don’t go running around telling everyone that I’m an Eagle Scout, really only a certain amount of people even knew I was working on it to begin with. As for the people who love to boast about their accomplishments that cool and all and they like that spotlight, but you can only boast so much before people start to resent you for it.
I can really relate to how you feel about how you talk about the difference in bragging about your accomplishments and being "low key." Your blog caught my eye because I enjoy knowing the fact, that you can work so hard on something and yet not blurt it out to everyone. That shows that your doing what you love and that is all that matters. That is really a amazing thing!
I agree with the boasting and bragging. But I feel that for some people that brag they have more of an insecruity then people don't brag. I mean if you feel the need to brag about something obviously there is something inside of you saying that the need to prove theself. So I totally agree with you. Bragging about your accomplishments ultimatly does nothing, and you shouldn't.
Blair Waldorf, also known as the queen B of Manhattan in the T.V. show gossip girl, strives to hold the throne with power. She would do just about anything just to know that she is on top and that she owns everyone else. A girl with so much ambition that no one should dare to challenge. In many situations she lets the desire to be on top take over the control of herself and she does things that she never would have done otherwise. She seems to hold ambition in a negative light. She wants to have power, too much power in her case, and the thought of losing that power causes her to do things that are desperately cold hearted and careless. Ambition shown in Blair’s position seems to be a negative thing, it pushes people to do things they never would if it wasn’t for what the power they want to hold. While ambition may force out negative impacts and sides of people, it may also bring out the best of someone. In many cases it is what motivates people to strive for the goals they’ve set in life, the dreams they’ve had since they were kids. I believe that ambition can be one of the best motivations one can have if they have control on how far they would go for it without ruining who they truly are. With control, many people can use the ambition they have to explore and reach new goals while others without control, will strive for too much power and ruin what they stand for.
My ambitions include many things from simply pursuing a career that I wake up every morning anxious to go to work to being a person who others would think of and come to when they are in need of someone to talk to or be around. There are many things in life that I strive for and I will continue to strive for everything I want because it is what I want and no one can stop me for that. I control my own actions and I take my own steps. Who has the right to tell me what I can or can not do? This is my life so I make my own decisions and I take whatever opportunity I would like to take. Sometimes I feel as if I am overly ambitious because when I really want something I will do almost everything or anything I could to get it. I guess you can say that it is a good thing but sometimes it can also be a flaw considering the things you have to do to get it might not be in the greatest interest of others. But luckily I have enough control on myself to hold myself back from hurting people who never did anything to deserve it in the first place. Sometimes I do catch myself off-guard thinking about ways to achieve a goal and I hope that all the decisions that I make are the best ones that I could make. Altogether I think that ambition for me is an ultimate positive thing because it is what drives me to reaching for the stars.
I agree with what you said, because many people do not know where the line of ambition ends and they start to do horrible things because they became greedy for more with their ambition. Ambition will destroy that person completely, because there will be never be satisfaction anymore. This balance point is not very easy to find, because a person cannot lack ambition but he cannot have too much ambition as well. They think that all their actions can be justified by their ambitions, but they forget that there are still to upper bounds to the word ambition.
I think ambitions are positive because they motivate people. It always make us want to improve ourselves or get to a better stage. Even though sometimes, it is misused to caused people to do wrong things, it still makes people work hard instead of just sitting there and waste time without doing anything. Motivation is one of the things that causes success. Without motivation, there won’t be any working hard and trying to get what we want. And without ambition, there is not much motivation left. For example, when we see someone who gets a higher score than we did, we tend to want to beat them, and we’ll work harder to try to achieve that. It motivates us to work hard and succeed and towards a better place.
Most of my ambitions are not big and healthy. Such as getting into a good college, then getting a good job, with a family. They are all good motivations. They motivate me to be a better person and to work hard for my goal. And those ambitions of mine that are unhealthy, I usually just hide them somewhere deep in my mind and never talk about it or does anything that hurts anyone. I’m almost never ambitious for something that I know I can never get. Like I know I’m not good at science and I won’t secretly want to be a scientist.
I agree with Karen about how ambitions are just pretty much the same as goals with reasons. Everyone for the most part has positive ambitions like being better at something, and we use this ambition to strive higher and higher. As for the negative ambitions, we just tuck those things in the deepest, darkest corner of our brains and leave it there. I wouldn't go around trying to fulfill those negative ambitions but if they are ambitions, we secretly want to do something that would be looked down upon.
Many people want recognition for different reasons. Some people want the fame, others for glory, but what is the most important factor of recognition isn’t the fact that it would make me famous but rather because I can influence many people’s lives. Being capable of making a dramatic difference in people’s lives is a valuable experience because it induces the feeling of satisfaction. For example, many people such as Martin Luther King or Lincoln did not decide to make memorable speeches just so they can become famous, but rather they chose to do so because they wanted to change the entire course of history. Evidently, both of those individuals have passion for their work, because if they were motivated only by fame, it would not be enough. Most people view that regardless of age, race, or sex, arrogance is inevitable when a person becomes famous, but I have a different perspective. There are two kinds of people, one kind who does everything in order to become rich and famous while the other kind does everything in order to make a difference in our society. The latter kind of people who work just to influence others with no intention of becoming famous often manages to avoid arrogance completely and instead develop a sense of sincere humbleness. This kind of individual brings inspiration to countless amount of people including me.
I have many ambitions but one of the major expectation in my life is to help our society overall by solving our energy crunch. I have decided that in order to do so, I must need some background knowledge in order to accomplish such a feat. Therefore, I decided to base my major and minor on what I need to know in order to solve such a crisis such as alternative energy resource. Ambition overall is very beneficial because it provides the motivation necessary to work towards a direction in my life. Yet, it is also necessary that the ambition has to be feasible and not entirely impossible because normally if I make an impossible goal, I would usually give up before I make any attempts. So far most of my ambitions are out of my reach but as long as I put in the effort I still feel a sense of success regardless if I accomplished my goals. Overall through my efforts and determination I hope that I can make a large enough difference in our society that I could be proud of regardless of whether or not I become famous.
I agree with you! I also think that doing something that would influence is an important factor for recognition. Humbleness also comes from not intending to be famous. I like your willingness to solve "our energy crunch." The fact that you're so determined and that you want to major on this issue in college is really the start of it all because what you're trying to do is obviously out of reach as of now.
I want to be an elementary school teacher. I wanted to do this because I want to be an influence. I want to be the one that teaches students, like ourselves, the foundation that we build off of. I want to teach students how to read, or introduce them to numbers. It’s amazing to me to know that when I grow up I will have a part in so many students’ lives. Without learning how to read you wouldn’t get anywhere in life, so I want to be the one that teaches it. Also I want to be different from everyone else. Sure an elementary school teacher is great, but I want to be separated from everyone else. I want to specialize in Sign Language as well. Not only do I have an interest in it, but I feel that it could help my future to learn more. It leaves more open doors such as being a teacher for the hard of hearing, becoming an interpreter, or wherever the wind blows me.
Ambition is a desire for some sort of achievement. It is the desire to accomplish something so bad that you will work hard for it. Do whatever it takes to get where you want to go. In my case my ambitions do shape the expectations of myself. I want to be a person that makes a difference, which is one expectation. But where I get most of my ambition is to know when I grow up I’ll have security. My family has always had trouble with financial issues, so when I grow up I never want to ever have that problem. I chose being a teacher to make a difference, but also for the name. There is a teaching position in every city. I feel safe knowing that I will major in a profession that will always be needed. But I heard that’s not good enough. So just in case I want to make sure I have a back up. I have other ambitions as well, besides just looking at the big picture. I have always been ambitious to do well in school, and go to college.
I feel as though my ambition is extremely healthy. It always makes me strive to do my best. Most of all it helps me to try and not settle for less. An example would me getting a b or a c grade in a class. That is passing and sufficient, but my ambition pushes me to not settle for that. It is my source of strength. It helps me to focus on what I want most and go after it. My ambition to be successful later pushes me to get there now. So in my case ambition is extremely important, and has helped me to become as hardworking as I am today.
Mandi, I really love how passionate you are in the profession that you wish to take on in your future. It's great that you want to make a difference and impact the lives of others. I find it very interesting that you wish to specialize in sign language; I've never heard anyone say that.
I can relate to you in a sense that I don't want to grow up with the same issues that I've had during my childhood. I really like how driven you are in achieving your goals and that you're able to push yourself to accomplish greatness.
Amanda, you are a very ambitious person and im really glad that you know that. That’s one (of your many amazing) traits that I really envy and wish that I had. You will be an amazing teacher someday.
My dreams and aspirations are very wide open. I don’t have a particular career path set, I don’t know the girl I want to marry, I don’t know when I am going to have kids or even how many (or even their names). The only thing I know is that my family will have a better life than mine. Now I live a pretty good life without many complaints, all that means is it’s going to be a challenge. That simple ambition is enough to keep me going. I know my strengths and weaknesses and my whole philosophy to making a name for myself is selling my strengths and not showing the weaknesses as I go. For instance I have misspelled strength every time I have tried to spell it and spell-check has put that neat little line under it telling me I have failed once again. The greatest part about that is, you will never know.
Over the summer I went to a showcase for baseball. It was for lower level colleges and so why not. I will be the first to tell you that you will not be watching me on TV in the MLB, I might play in college but most likely that’s the end of the road for me. Although, I will be the first one to let you know that you cant hurt me(even if you did you would never now it.) So instead of being intimidated by the talent around me I went in with a different set of plans. When we took batting practice and an arrant pitch came at me, I wouldn’t jump out of the way, I would just take it; and when we played defense, I would lay out every chance I could and make a strong through never changing the look on my face like I do it all the time. I got many calls from coaches about my toughness and tenacity and that I was going to their school there would always be a spot for me. Those phone calls I will never forget. I was listening to a press conference today with Mike Tomlin the Steelers head coach and they were talking about the upcoming game. Ladanian Tomlinson’s name came up and how he was doubtful to play during the game and he had a great response. He said “my team is going to prepare for him until he is listed on the IR because he is not normal. Nobody can apply statistics saying how players don’t recover from this in a short amount of time because he isn’t like everybody else. If his team needs him he will play and he will play well because that’s all he knows”. Take whatever you would like out of that but what I took is there is two kinds of people in the world. Winners and everybody else. That doesn’t make them losers just not winners. Winners do whatever it takes when the season is on the line and the team needs you plain and simple. That is applied to life as well. If there is something that needs to get done, it gets done period. I would like to be remembered as one of those people.
Ricky, I can say that I truly have a newfound respect for you. I always have liked you and been a friend, but your thoughts have really inspired me. I love your thoughts on LT, my man. There are “winners and everybody else.” I love that. I feel like that the only thing in the life to put you in a position to succeed is that tenacity and heart you showed out there in the showcase. Knowing your circumstance, it didn’t sway you or matter, you still put your heart out and it truly showed what you kind of person you are made of. I know that you will be able to provide your family with a great life. You’re a good man Ricky, and I really enjoyed reading your post.
Haven’t you often wondered just what it is that drives a person to seek the office of President of the United States? Admit it. You have looked at one candidate or another and wondered “What were they thinking?” This is ambition, of course, and we can all identify the candidates with burning ambition. What really makes them think that they are up to the challenge? Do they want to do, or do they want to be? Personally, being overly-ambitious can be either a positive or a negative trait. Ambition in the absence of talent can be a 'bummer'. On the other hand, it can be an incentive to bring out hidden or not enough talent. There are many examples of notable achievers whose ambition allowed them to exceed all expectations (Bill Gates). It is a positive trait when it is realistic and when it is coupled with genuine effort. However, it is negative when it affects others around you in a harmful way. Treating others poorly just to achieve a goal is most definitely a negative trait. Every single human being has different goals and a different way to live his or her life. Parents also relate to this “overly ambitious” attitude as well. They want their kids to focus on one intellectual or creative activity- like playing a musical instrument and try to make them beat all the other classmates in the math and reading grade levels. However, parents should understand that every child has a different learning pace, and that's the pace parents should align with.
What pops into mind when I think of recognition is fame. Being recognized is a consequence of being famous. Our very own rose queen became an overnight celebrity from being just a student at Arcadia High School. The Respect, the love, the adulation, money, popularity, signing autographs all toggle along with recognition as a result of fame. Attaining greatness in the eyes of the rest of the crowd is what most would die for. The main intent of being recognized would have to be a self-esteem issue. Being and appreciated for what you have accomplished
I totally understand what you mean about the whole president thing. What you said about the whole hurting others like your friends to achieve your goals. I’ve personally done and felt that before and now that I look back at it now it's pretty ridiculous what kind of extreme measures our ambitions can take us. Parents do have a big part of how our ambitions can sometimes get corrupted because they want us to be that “shining star” and have them being able to flaunt their child’s success. All the famous people have been famous for any reason and I agree with you about how there are the pros and cons to being famous you take the good and the bad to be known and adored by many.
very well written nilom! i felt like you were talking to me the whole time! it definately made me think and was very passionately written. i definately agree with you on what you said about recognition being fame.
In general I see people having ambition as a positive, whether it may be for good or bad. I think it’s great that people have a desire to achieve something they want to reach for. One’s ambition is what I believe to be what one wants and would be happy with. Ambition is something that I find necessary in living. I can’t imagine someone who doesn’t have any ambition at all. If there were no ambition would people just go with the flow and be pushed around through society day by day? Without ambitions in our lives, I would find life to be dull and colorless. Thus, I would never find ambition to be a negative. Sure some may have a desire for evil, but I still think it’s good to have something to live for. After all, it’s what you make of it.
I would say majority of all people would seek recognition despite how small or large their desire might be. We want to be remembered and noticed for the some of the things we do. We want to know that others care enough to notice and recognize you. Sure, some might have a bigger desire to want to be recognized, such as for fame. While, others may just want to be recognized by one that is dear to them. I find seeking recognition to also be a motivational factor just like ambition. It helps push us through life to try to get a step closer to our dreams.
My ambitions vary from time to time. At the moment it’s basically to just keep everything steady and prepare for the change that will soon take its place in a few months. That is, when the results from colleges come out and when it’s time to make a decision on where I want to take my life in the future. I guess for now I’m just trying new things and figuring things out.
I totally agree that having ambition is a good thing. It’s important for people to have desire and goals in order to have a meaningful life. And the aim of ambition tends to change when goals are reached. When people are recognized for their achievements it provides motivation for them to continue doing well.
I agree with Ellie C. because people need to be ambitious in order to accomplish anything. Steve Jobs was ambitious which is why he is the CEO of the grand company of apple. Anyone even the normal average Joe is ambitious in order to carry on with his or her everyday life. Therefore, Cecilia mentioned it is normal to be ambitious. I also agree with the fact that people want to be remembered and to be recognized for all of their effort, but I do not see why it is necessary. I think the best individuals do not do things simply to be recognized but rather were recognized for what they have done.
I believe that ambition can be positive or negative depending on how a person uses it. In some cases it can make people do the most amazing powerful world changing things and in other cases it can drive people to be the most evil scheming clever criminals out there. My dad has always said to me that if criminals put their mind towards things in a positive direction that they could do some of the greatest things. Ambition can take you either way depending on which way you want to point it and whether or not you want to do good things with the ambition you have.
As for myself, what do I want to do? Man have I been asked that question about a million times in the past 6 months. What do you want to be? What school do you want to go to? What’s your major? Honestly I don’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life. For right now I want to go out and try things and try to find something that I am passionate about. I absolutely love to sing and listen to music although I am very shy to admit to my singing. As far as ambition goes I really don’t see myself as a very ambitious person. I don’t want to do nothing ever so I guess I have some ambition but ive never really been the type to go out and go get what I want. If I could change my level of ambition I would definitely raise it. I think with more ambition I could do really great things since with very little ambition I get by really well.
I think that ambition is both positive and negative in different ways. Without ambition, I don’t think that you would be able to move higher in life or fully accomplish your goals. Your ambition allows you to push even harder to get what you want and achieve something that you worked hard for. Without any of it at all, would you be able to live your life everyday, going to school, and trying to achieve some of your goals? I highly doubt that; you’d probably just sit in your living room, watching television all day. Some people are really driven due to their ambition and use it in a positive matter and do well for either themselves or for others. They are capable to make a change in society and inspire other individuals.
However, ambition can be destructive if taken too far. I think that too much of something can be a bad thing. Higher expectations of yourself or anything at all can lead to a greater downfall. It’s not unusual to see others who crave power and notoriety. In this case, ambition can be quite negative. This can cause people to be manipulative and play dirty in order to achieve all the power that they can get. I think that it really depends on the person and their personality to judge whether ambition is good or bad. It’s not always going to be the same for everyone since we all have different perspectives on life.
I agree with you Tiffany that having ambitions is both good and bad. I never really thought about how it could be bad, but you totally sold it to me. After writing mine I saw many similarities in that ambition is good in most ways. Overall I really liked your post!
I have always seen ambition as a positive thing relating to a persons willingness to take control of their own life. But after reading the prompt for this blog i can understand how it could become negative. Some People crave to be recognized because it symbolizes importance in the world. It means that you've done something important enough that others choose to remember your name. Other people do good things on their own and without recognition. Im not sure what causes the difference but I'm guessing it has something to do with humility and moral values. Some people do things others find to be ambitious just because they feel its protocol while those working for fame or recognition do it hoping it could be their 15 minutes of fame.
On a personal note I think I tend to lack ambition, I let what other people say about me determine whether I even try. Its hard to explain because I know I am capable of accomplishing anything but as soon as someone puts me down I quit or stop putting my all into it. For example, Since I started 7th or 8th grade I was sure I wanted to go to Citrus for their cosmetology program. When I finally decided to share my ambitions to my family and friends the overall response consisted of "easy way out huh?" and essential disapproval. After that I was overcome with a sense of almost failure, what I wanted wasn't good enough so it must not have been right. Up until this year I really struggled with planning for what I was going to do after high school but in the end I came to the conclusion that all that mattered was what I wanted. One of the most memorable quotes from little miss sunshine was "you do what you love and f*** the rest." and although my revelation wasn't exactly as vulgar I realized that it was MY future, no one else's.
I think its human nature for people to want to share their accomplishments with others. People want to be recognized because it makes them feel like they have a purpose. When people are able to share their accomplishments, it makes what they have done seem more fulfilling. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with people that like to show of something that their proud of accomplishing, to a certain extent. I think that a persons arrogance is just based on their personally. Like how some people are shyer than others or some people are nicer than others, there are people that crave attention. The thing that separates people who crave attention and the people who rather remain anonymous I think would be motivation. Maybe the people who do things for attention are motivated by the attention they receive and the other people are self motivated. Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with either person as long as their able to excel in whatever they are doing. It is always good to accomplish something but I think it depends on the person, whether which is better. Maybe for one person they do better under pressure or when they know people will praise them for their accomplishment, and the other person works better without having that praise and attention.
I would say that our ambitions do shape our expectations of ourselves. Without our ambitions, we wouldn’t have any drive for success in our lives. I think how we treat our ambitions shape how we see ourselves, but the way we see ourselves is also shapes our ambitions. If someone has a low self esteem, they probably don’t have very strong ambitions.
I agree with you on the part where sometimes people just want to be recognized because they want to feel like they have a purpose in life and that their worth something. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel needed or loved, that’s why so many people either crave attention or do things to make them feel adored by others. I understand where you’re coming from where both types of people are neither worst then the other, there are people that can excel in things in their own ways whether or not it is noticed by your peers or if it’s just something that you feel satisfied with by yourself.
Ambition is the essence of all those who have ever took the necessary steps forward to put themselves in a higher position of power, fame, fortune or success. Yet, the biggest difference between those with ambition that do not carry a heart of evil and those that do, is the way in which they attain their success and fame.
When you look at the different kinds of people that are in our world, the differences in personality are vast. Yet, there are two distinct separations in people; Those who care about people’s opinions and those who do not. I believe that is how you can view people of ambition and recognition. Why do people want recognition? If they didn’t care how people viewed them, then they wouldn’t want it. I believe that in many cases, the most insecure people are those who are the most ambitious. They use their success to measure themselves against others. In many ways, this is how I am as well. I do not believe it is a complete matter of arrogance, just trying to separate themselves. In all honesty, I believe it is better do things with recognition and praise if you want to get ahead in this world. I find it to be the brutally honest aspect of our world. In some cases, it is not. You still find success even without the recognition, but with it, you speed up your case. The distinction between them is being able to judge success by yourself rather than by your peers.
In all honesty, I just want to do something that has either a prolific impact on my country, or a way in which I can truly make a difference in some peoples lives. I always tear up over the heroism or the courage of saving someone’s life or dying for the cause of freedom. Now, its just a matter of whether I have enough courage to truly go out and do what I dream about. I dreamt about playing football in college. I’m almost at my dream. My next dream is to truly make an impact in someone’s life, whether it be teaching, or coaching football at the high school level or in college. I want to do something that actually matters. I don’t want my life to be just another tombstone that isn’t remembered for anything other than being a loving husband and great father. If my kids go on to do something great, that would be something I could fill my heart with joy.
I believe my ambitions are unhealthy at times. I want to do so much and be involved in so many matters that I get caught up in all of it. I want to be the one there to save my friends if I need to. I want to be the one who is remembered as a legend for his successes. I get caught up too much with how people perceive me as well. It wears on me. Yet I believe it is a source of strength. It pushes me beyond what I truly believe my limits can be. There is many times where, yes, I do feel overambitious. I want so much and sometimes, I throw people under the bus to get it. Especially at this point in my life, where I have achieved much success on the football field, I feel I have nothing left to prove at Arcadia. I want to already move on to UCLA, and by trying to graduate early, I am leaving my friends and family behind early. Yet, it is something I feel I must do. We all leave someday; it’s just a matter of when. If I could raise my ambition I would. Sometimes, I am too caring about others sentiments to put myself in a better position. There are many times where I could, but then I ask myself the question, would I be in this position were it not for my honorable behavior, sportsmanship, and unselfish behavior? I believe that those areas have much of the reason why I have had so much success today.
Todd-I agree that people wouldn’t want recognition if they didn’t care how people viewed them. I think the more attention people want, the more recognition they want. But as you said at the end of the second paragraph, you can still obtain success without recognition. After all, success comes before recognition.
Honestly, I know exactly what I want my future to hold. I've thought long and hard over the years about what would end up being the most satisfying and successful occupation for me. To tell you the truth, all I've wanted to do for the past few years is play sports. Without sports, I don’t know what I would do. First, it started with a number of them; basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. As time has passed, they narrowed to just basketball and track. As most of you know, I'm all about track right now and that’s all I plan on doing for at least the next decade. Now this decision doesn’t increase my ambitious ways because I don’t really want to do much else. I believe that my ambitions are very safe because they are only what I want to do. Some people do extra things just to gain fame and recognition from other people, which I think is just totally a waste of time and energy.
I wouldn’t change my level of ambition because I think it's just right at the moment. Maybe when I get older and something ends up not working out then I might have to raise it a little bit, but for now I'm good. I do not look for recognition from others because it is really not necessary and it will not do anything positive for my confidence. If you like me you like me, if you don’t you don’t, it's just that simple. I am not easily affected and because of this, my ambitions will always stay strong. My ambitions have helped me shape a good opinion of myself because they are what I love to do most in life. I believe that if you know what you want to do in the future, then totally go for it. If you're not so sure right now, do not give up on yourself and become super lazy because that will only slow you down. Your ambitions are totally up to you.
Corbin, I really admire your confidence. You seem to have a really good balance ambition and power over yourself you know exactly what you want and you can get it without getting distracted by everything else. That is a totally awesome trait to have and I hope your ambition takes you very far.
I like the fact how you portrait ambition as a motivation, hope, and power. Ambition may be the strongest power there is besides love and hate. All the great people from the past have the ambition to make a change. Whether its for the better or for the worse. Good job =]
I think ambition is something that motivates someone in achieving something. It serves as if a goal for a person and it contains determination and persistent. From Creon and Macbeth’s example, it demonstrates that there are different aspects of ambition. Although they both want to be king, Creon is in a carefree matter as oppose to Lady Macbeth who tries to gain the throne through her desire. This leads to the position and negative aspect about ambition. Even though people might have the same goal that they are perusing for, the motivation is what makes the ambition positive or negative. Creon has a correction and positive view on his ambition because he sees the throne as someone who has “learned wisdom and self-control.” On the other hand, Macbeth has a negative ambition since Lady Macbeth wants to fulfill her desire through Macbeth. She wants the throne so she secretly informs Macbeth to kill Duncan. Such act is not honorable and thus is a negative ambition.
The other idea follow by ambition is power. What makes power so attractive that many people want it? Likewise, President can be the symbol for power. I think the reason people want power is that they want the sense of control over others, and others would respect and honor the ruler. Thus, power is both physically and mentally. Physically is that a president can control over people while mentally is that people would respect the president. Lastly, why do some people prefer recognition while some is anonymity? For me, I am between those two. I would like to be recognized by people about my accomplishment, but I do not want to boost around. I do not want to be too proud about myself because that’s what makes a person fail. Thus, I sometime would prefer anonymity.
I believe both of us are alike. I agree how people respect people in higher positions of power. People admire people for qualities we ourselves do not have. For that reason, people push themselves to greater heights through ambition to be a person to look up to. We are also alike in the sense we both are in the middle of liking to remain anonymous and craving spotlight at the same time.
I agree with your ideas of ambition. Ambition is a really great thing, it allows people to continue working hard and progress. Ambition is a good thing, but It can easily turn from good to bad. What separates good ambitions from bad ambition's it is the motivation behind one's ambitions. Macbeth's ambitions would be bad, because his selfish ambitions for power made him murder the king.
Ambition: an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment. The definition of ambition is pretty much having something to want, something strive for. People want to be recognized because they don’t want to be like everybody else, or they want to be known for something great. It is nothing something that is good or bad, it can go both ways, there are the positive and negatives aspects of where your ambitions can take you. There can be different types of ambitions where if someone would want to be ambitious towards their studying or another to be socially known as the “cool kid”. I think if you do something great it’s for the person personally if they want to be recognized for their own doings. At times one can be greater then the other just because people can get so caught up in everything they do or all the praise or non praise they receive. My ambitions in life are always different; they seem to never stay the same. I think that every time something happens in my life whether it’s for the good or bad, it changes. My ambitions in life can be so I can have a great future and to live a perfect life with a perfect job, family, friends, but at other times my ambitions can go towards just having fun now, because I just want to live it up in the present.
I’m sure when I get older and I have to actually set my mind on certain things I will put my ambitions through there because I have to. I wouldn’t say my ambitions are healthy because at times my ambitions are towards things I don’t really need to do or have any ambition for. But at other times they can be the source of my strength because it’s there when I need that extra push to strive for something I desire. At times my goals are a little to high for where my ambitions will get me nowhere except disappointing me in some way. If I were able to change my ambition level for each stage in life, I would, because I would be able to adjust through all my problems and get to my goals a lot quicker. There are so many ways where ambition is the fuel to my success because I look to that when I need that next step in life. At times I do like to have the spotlight on me because it’s nice to be looked at with the fame and glory of success, and at other times being behind the curtains helps to be humble and to understand that the fame and glory isn’t everything. There can be more to life everything just has to balance out for me, with all my ambitions throughout life I hope to succeed and fail because without bumps on the road, I’d be living a pretty boring and dull life.
I also see ambition as both a positive and negative, but mostly negative. As a kid whenever I heard the word "ambition", I always thought of it as something bad. It’s not only until today, I found out the actual meaning. So I shall start off by saying having ambition does helps you get what you’ve been trying to get. Ambition can bring you high up the ladder and to success. However, it is also bad because sometimes you will lose sight of everything else that will lead to your downfall. It’s like what Lisa said; having ambition will eat you up inside and take over. Having ambition is good, but you need to control it and make sure you don’t forget who are.
I always thought about being the president, but I know I would not be able to handle it. I am the type of person that would always want to satisfy everyone, and I wouldn’t mind getting the short end of something so someone else would be satisfied. But you can’t satisfy everyone and that will drive me insane. However, if you are president, basically everyone will know who you are. I find it funny how I thought about being the president and all that junk, because I hate attention. I honestly do. I think this is probably why I never wear colorful clothes, but for some reason I wouldn’t mind the whole world knowing who I am.
Although I wouldn't agree that ambitions are mostly negative, I respect your opinion. People do lose sight of things in their way to get higher in the ladder, but is that really bad? I know that it's bad to necessarily "use" people to get higher, but sometimes when in dire conditions you have to do what you have to do. And Eric, I would vote for you as president! You would probably be an awesome president if you put your mind to it. I admire your honesty.
I agree with Eric because i feel that ambition is both positive and negative. It is true that some people lose sight of the real reason why they want something and they become insensitive to others around them.
I like the way you define a “healthy” ambition. A healthy ambition is that one put his or her effort in reaching the goal. People work hard toward their goals. I think ambitions can come from the need of recognition, but I also think it can also come from anonymity. For me, sometimes I would just want to accomplish something without other people notice and I would just hide myself. Mostly because I do not want to get proud and boost about achievement.
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People want recognition to be remembered. In the face of billions of people today, after much thought, you would realize that your life won't change anything. If you die, the world keeps continuing without you. You soon realize that are worthless. In order to stand out of society, one must do something extraordinary and hold a position of power where anyone can admire you. That's where ambitions and power come into play. In order to be remembered and to make the most out of yourself, people tend to aim higher and higher and grasp every opportunity they get like Lady Macbeth.
The only question is why would you want to be remembered. This separates ambition into two classes which are people who like to stay in anonymity and people who crave the spotlight. Personally, I am not in any of these categories. I do not have a preference of whether I am recognized or ignored. Carry out the action and if nobody praises you for it then so be it. If somebody does praise you for an action, then you can feel a little bit better about yourself. Either way, it doesn't really matter to me whether to be anonymous my whole life or someone great. My ambitions do not shape expectations from myself because there's nothing to expect in the first place. To me, letting everything flow out and walking a regret less path suits me best.
Ambition can be positive and negative. Sometimes, people have to do hurtful things for their ambition, like Creon or Macbeth. However, at the end, ambition would be a positive because you fulfill your purpose of the negatives. Also, for parents, I think ambition is important for their kids, for them to live as “happy” as possible; to live their life to their fullest. But if something bad, like hurting someone, has to happen to be successful, “ambition” should not be an option. My ambitions are to become a successful, known vet. It does shape my expectations for me and my opinion of myself, because I have always dreamt of becoming one, so I do not want to give up.
My ambitions may not be a source of strength in that I will not have as much power as a president would over many things. However in a way, it is healthy because I will be controlling someone’s family, essentially. Usually, an animal in the family is part of the family (or I would consider it to be) because I believe everyone in the family loves the animal as much as they love each other. I am over-ambitious though, because my reach exceeds my grasp. Who knows if I will even be able to become a vet? It takes so long to become one. And, I would choose to change my level of ambition if I could, because I don’t know my limits (max.) yet.
Ambition is positive, in that ambition pushes you to become a better person. My main ambition is to be successful, whether it is in a medical or business field, that’s my goal. Since this is my ambition, I feel that I work as hard as I can in school in order to achieve this. I work hard because I know that one-day, somewhere down the line, I will be able to achieve me dream. I feel like those without ambitions, won’t succeed until they realize what their true passion is. Towards the beginning of high school, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have any ambition to be successful, because I thought that my parents would always be there to support me. It wasn’t until my Dad was sick that I realized how important it was for me to have an ambition.
Although sometimes ambition can be mistaken for cockiness, I believe that those who mistake a strong ambition for cockiness are simply jealous. They are jealous that they do not have the power to go on and do things that others dare to do. People with power, are often looked up to. But, it isn’t the people who abuse their powers that are looked up to. It is the people who actually do something good with their power to help others that are looked up to. I hope that one day, I will be able to achieve my ambition. Although I won’t be as looked up to as the President of the US, I know that my children will be able to look up to me.
Yes, i definitely agree with your opinion. I believe ambition is going to push you become successful. I don't know it can makes you to become a better person. Ambition is a reason you live in this world, it proves your existence.
I have many ambitions and goals in life that I wish to accomplish before leaving the house and becoming an independent individual. Dance. Like many Asian parents, my parents believe it is wasting my time. They prefer that I study and improve my English and succeed in life. However, they would not be next to me when I make the decision that would change my life. My ambitions are what create who I am. If I was forced to do things I am not interested in, I loose the passion to try and to learn more. I loose my charisma. They make me loose interest of myself and every day would become a dull. There is always a saying, “ live life the fullest” and I abide to that. I prefer to do things that interest me and that is meaningful. My ambitions of myself are what keep me going in school. They set the bar to what I want to achieve in my school year. My ambitions are still yet a blur but a mixture of physics and dance completes me.
People want recognition because they want to prove their existences. Fame, popularity, and power, those things are what we obsess about nowadays. They believe these goals will help improve their lifestyle and make them feel good about themselves. Ambition is defined as a goal for one to pursuit. Ambition is derive from the heart, not from the brain. Those who crave for the spotlight often end up with nothing. However, those with goals that are more realistic often succeed in life.
Ambition is positive because it is the motivation to make people move forward. Everyone should have some kind of an ambition in them. Without ambition, a person could have no life since ambition could let a person work for their goal. If a person has no goal then his or her life will be meaningless. People also like to be recognized because they do not want to be left out or ignored. The people that want to stay in anonymity are mostly careless about how people see them. It is a matter of arrogance when people want to be recognized because they want to let all the people know what good things they have done.
My ambitions now are just to maintain a good grade at school because people slack off in their senior year. Since I have the ambitions of not to slack off, it shapes the expectation of myself of getting good grades. It also let me see myself as a person that cares about her future. I want to be an accountant and I am ambitious. My ambitions are healthy because I am trying hard to reach the goal of having a better future but not harming anyone. It is also a source of strength to me because without ambition, I might be careless about what I should do in the future. And if I could change my level of ambition I would try to raise it since I do not have enough trust in myself that I could reach my goal. Maybe by raising my ambition I could believe in myself more.
I tend to find ambition to be a positive thing. Sports especially calls for many ambitious players and can only win the title if there is enough ambitious players. In war it requires many ambitious soldiers on the battlefield as morale is key in any battle. Especially in WWII, ambition appears to be everywhere. Ambition to win, to rule, and to conquer dominated the world. Despite all the terrible things that had happen in the war, many great things happen because of ambitious people. The discovery of nuclear power, plastic, better planes, better boats, and just plain better technology was all invented because of ambitious people to win the war. Without the will to win all the time, nothing would be achieved at the rate we do now.
My ambitions right now seem to be mostly college-related. Although all the UC colleges are great compared to some other colleges, some are seemly seen as below average. For example, many people (mostly Arcadians) see UC Riverside as not a great college to graduate from, even though it is ranked high among other colleges. Some people simply do not want the title of Riverside to be seen on their diploma. It is my ambition that is telling me that the name isn’t enough and I need something else. It is the desire for a better title just like how Lady Macbeth wants a better title.
I believe my ambitions are healthy and helpful. Not only does it make me smarter and more intelligent, but it also creates a competitive spirit. It helps me build the necessary competitive strength needed to survive in the real world.
eric,loved it. Your ambitions drive you to do things you want to accomplish. Sports drive me to do things as well and i understand the fight for the championship. i know how college is the next level and its exciting to see when we get there.
I agree that ambition should be perceived as more of a positive. People generally don’t aspire to become criminals or deadbeats when they grow up. If one were to juxtapose the final effects of good versus malevolent ambition, he would find that for the most part, good prevails over the latter. Like you said, great victories in war and innovative discoveries all came from the ambition that sparked the idea.
Ambition can be both a positive or negative thing depnding on what one has ambition for. To me, ambition is a good thing because It drives me to work harder and stay dedicated to achieve my goals. Some of my ambitions are to get into a good school, be successful and happy later on in life. Ambitions may also be bad depedning on what one wants. Some ambitions may be driven my selfishness, greed or anger. Like Macbeth, his type of ambition is fueled by greed and the want of power. Because of his desire for power, he does a horrible deed and kills King Duncan.
My ambitions are simple, I want to be successfull and happy later on in life. If I was able to decide whether I could lower or raise my ambition level, I would definitley raise it. I do not feel that it's a bad thing if I am too ambitions. Behind any accomplished person, is a very ambitions mind. Ambition is what drives people to work hard and stay dedicated, it pushes people to constanly seek improvement. Ambition is good no matter how ambitions. Ambition only turns bad when it's driven by dishonest and selfish motives.
Sandy, I like when you say that your neutral, there is no better or worse. Because alot of the time we do tend to want attention and be recognized and others like to take credit, but just don't want to be showed off. And its ok to be either person, there is no wrong or right. Im glad that you want to get into college and have a good job. But your right our ambitions maybe good but can be dangerous if not watched.
I believe that people in this world are very open minded and want to do whats right. I believe we grow up wanting to be respected and wanting to be noticed or recognized. I know that many people have ambitions and it is a good thing it makes you want to work harder and acheive greater. But ambitions have its downfall, it can be dangerous. When somebody has horrible motives it causes people to become not in the right state of mind. They are not being ambitious they are being selfish.
I know that I am very ambitious. Im determined to go to college and get my pediatrics degree and get a great job.I know I have to do alot in my power to make that goal, which I know I can do. But I know if I become to selfish and my motives arent where they should be it could be a dangerous thing.
My ambitions in life are simple; I live life for personal enjoyment. I think that in order to be an ambitious person you must know what you are living for, However saying this can be very hypercritical of me since I’m not quite sure what I am living for yet. That is why I need to have ambitions and by ambitions I do not mean small goals such as getting a good grade in class or cleaning my room daily, when I say that I need to ambitious I mean that I want to dedicate my life into somehow making a positive impact on the world. I want to have high hopes and goals that I can fulfill, one of my goals that I am trying to be ambitious about is helping communities world wide. I have been very interested in wanting to volunteer in this program called habitat of humanity however my parents highly disagree with me. They think that by volunteering in this program it is very dangerous for my health and safety since it involves traveling world wide to build homes for third world countries, as much as they do not want me to fulfill this goal of mine of helping people out of the country that are in desperate need of being saved I am still very determined and ambitious in helping them and hope to be an active member of habitat for humanity once I turn eighteen. I also think that ambition can be a motivator in doing something good ,when someone is motivated they are also determined in trying to get things done.
Ambition is what drives the world forward. Its what causes invention, cures diseases, and even rock out on stage. Ambition is a very good thing to have when it comes to being successful in the world. But too much ambition can be very bad. Having too much ambition can cause people to break the law, steal, and even kill another human being. It is good to have ambition in the long run, but a person should not let their life be consumed by it, letting it control how they think and act. If you have too much ambition, you will be looked down upon.
My ambitions probably wouldn’t be considered amazingly exciting to some people. I want to grow up and get a good, well paying job, get married and have kids. I’ve always been interested in music. I play guitar all the time and am even in a band, so for now my ambitions are a bit more out of reach. I want to grow up in a band, touring the world and playing the music I love for all the people who love it too. Making millions for playing an instrument I love would be amazing. In the long run it is a bit to unrealistic, considering the amount of bands trying to hit it big and the difficulty it takes to get into the music business. As long as I can have a secure job I will be happy being able to support my family.
Ambition does drive the world foward, with ambition comes motivation and goals,Being ambitious about situations and hobbies can influence you to do well in what you love such as instruments.
I also agree that ambition drives everything. Without it, people would not have any incentive to better themselves or society for that matter. It is, like you said, what produces great things that evoloves our understanding of the world around us. Great post!
The way that ambition works is kind of crazy. It can be sort of double sided. The reason being is that is can be both good and bad so to speak. Ambition is what drives a person, a person’s highest level of hopes and dreams. My dream for my future is just not to fail. That would be my fear. Not being successful in life, but it is my ambition that keeps me focus and on track.
Ambition is not something that cannot be taken lightly believe it or not. It can kind of be taken as power, if you have too much of it, it corrupts you in a way. When your mind is over powered by ambition it sort of works like a dream. If you build your dream up to high you always room for failure. For example celebrities, they all had to start somewhere, with a dream right, but it is their dream and their drive that landed them on the top. In the end you see the true beauty of it though. It is the chance that we take everyday of our lives. The lives we live based on a dream and ambition.
power by proxy is a powerful assumption, especially for something as flaky as a prophecy, sorry but i feel like i am a more down-to-earth man than mcbeth. there is a certian connection to power that men have when they achieve it, it represents them before hand to others so that they can avoid confrontations and keep their lives less complicated than they need to be. "power is for the strong" i can recall somweone saying one time, and they are right, the only people who achieve power are the strong. we shouldn't blame mcbeth for being ambitious, but instead for oversteping his rights as a thane. his evil should be frowned uppon and not his ambitiousness, that is part of every human being but the difference is that we should use one and try to conceal the other.
i feel that my ambitions are healthy, that they accurately reflect what i want from life and who i like to meet eventually. when i grow up i am willing to be anything that can retard the evil within me, my family has a lot of redemption to aquire for things im sure that they've done in the past. in fact; everybody has issues with past sins, nobody is perfect, especially not me. im just saying that humility is a quality that can efectivelly mask evil in most of it's outlets, when we realize what weve done we can efectively shut down the source. if we are ignorant we will continue doing those things until we run ourselves into the ground from either exaution or carma finally catching up to us, it's your choise...
I believe that ambition is both positive and negative, but more positive than negative. Without ambition, I do not believe that many people would be able to achieve what they want in life. There has to be a drive pushing someone in order for them to reach their goals. I have always been taught that if I want something done I can’t depend on others to do it for me, I have to finish it myself. This mentality is what had driven me to be the best at what I do. When I compete in anything I always try to give it my all. I will admit that sometimes I get a little lazy but in the end I will always finish what I have started, even if it’s not my best work. I have ambitions in life and I plan to do all that I can to ensure that I fulfill my goals. My ambition is what drives me and empowers me.
However there are times when ambition is a negative thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting something and not stopping until you get it. It becomes a negative thing when you hurt others or yourself in the process. People in this society are so focused on being the best; having the nicest car, the biggest house, the higher paying job, etc. They don’t realize that all of those things are materialistic and the satisfaction gained from having them is only temporary. I also believe that people in our society have become so desensitized that they don’t realize or even care when they hurt someone else. Often a person will have so much ambition that they will betray or hurt even the people closest to them to get what they want. When it gets to this point, is when I feel that ambition negatively affects a person.
I think that recognition is only desired for a false sense of security in most cases. The weight and importance that it holds is entirely derived by humans. It is much like the currency system that we have now where the value of the dollar only holds its value because of our belief in it. People strive for awards to lead themselves to believer that they are superior to others. It gives them reassurance in themselves. However, I feel that some recognition is justifiable. People that receive awards for completing great feats or discovering cures for all people to benefit from deserve to be praised and applauded.
My future is a touchy issue for me. At times, I feel 100% sure about going into the business field while other times, I couldn’t tell you what I want to do with my life two weeks from now. I don’t think that I will be able to know what I truly want to do until I can experience life outside of my parents’ house and get a taste of what real independence is. For the most part, I’m fairly sure that I will follow in my father’s footsteps. I fell that my dreams are somewhat lost through me making such a choice though. I want to continue my father’s hard work and not let it be lost because of my desires. Also, I know that it will provide a safe income for my family in the future. But I know that years down the line, I will look back and think, “What if?”
Ambition for the most part is a good thing. But theres a fine line between what good ambition and bad ambition can be. Most people that I see that are ambitious I see are going to be successful because of how hard they are going to try to get that job or something like that. But its when people are just hungry for attention is when it can go wrong. I usually frown upon the people who say "I wanna be famous some day!" Well, ok, but why? just becuase you want the attention? thats not a very good motivator. I dont like when people also donate money just because they want to see their name on a plaque somewhere saying they donated a lot of money, because they want people to know they are "good" people. So you dont want to help, you just want people to see that you are (falsely) a good person? The real good people donate anonymously, and dont fight for the highest place for their name on that donation board. When people are ambitious for power, i dont think thats a good thing, because thats just another form of them wanting the attention, except now they might make important decisions just for attention, and they want to have control. I agree that power can corrupt a person, because when they have power, it can show their true colors, because essentially they can do whatever they want (to a certain extent of what kind of power they have). I also think ambition is bad if a person has so much ambition they would step on people along the way to achieving their goal. in that scenario, ambition is a bad thing. But there are people ambitious to help other people who dont need recognition, so there are all types of scenarios that can go along with this.
And Mr. Feraco - I dont think im going to say my ambitions here because I basically just wrote 2 essays on that just now, haha. Ill just add that my ambitions are to help rather than hurt or control, and I dont need the attention at all.
I've thought about this before. I was told by my ex bf that I wasn't ambitious enough, and that I needed to dream bigger. For a while I thought that I was boring or that I needed to pursue greater things. I realize now that it's not up to anyone else how big I dream or what I'm going to do in a few years. My ambition is to spend my life with a special someone that I've grown attached to. The internal conflict between my ambition and morals has been killing me lately as well. I can't stand to hurt another with my ambition the way I've been hurt even though I desperately desire something.
If respect is all someone is after, then just being helpful when needed is all they need to do. There is no need to bend over backwards to earn the respect of others. At that point it becomes obvious that they're trying to be noticed. Which is when they start losing respect. I've seen that you don't get respect if you donate anonymously, and you lose respect if you donate for a purpose. Basically the most noble pople are undetected by society. Our society smiles upon philanthropists, yet frowns upon attention seekers.
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