This is a question that I’ve often considered, but never managed to definitively answer. Usually my conclusion is no, an ambitious person will never truly be satisfied, but this isn’t always where I end up. Sometimes I think otherwise. I suppose if I’m honest I don’t know, and that is why I wanted to write about this today, so I can hear your thoughts and opinions.
I consider myself to be an ambitious person. I have goals and aspirations, both personal and professional. Some I have realised/achieved already, others I am working towards but confident in, and some leave me wondering if they are only ever destined to be a pipe dream. Irrespective of which category each goal fits into they are all focuses and dreams of mine that contribute to my overall ambitious character.
Sometimes I wonder if being ambitious is a good or a bad thing. I often think it’s harder if you are ambitious, it’s additional pressure. But then, being driven is healthy isn’t it? Having something to work towards gives life more purpose (doesn’t it?!) and of course the sense of achievement when an ambition is realised is wonderful. But it doesn’t make it easy, feeling content is definitely an attractive prospect, one that seems more easily attainable without ambition.
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This is partly why I’m wondering so strongly if an ambitious person can ever be satisfied, because if not then the feeling of contentment will never come. That doesn’t sound quite so attractive after all does it. Surely the overall goal is just to be happy, but if you are always striving for more, and always working towards another aspiration then can happiness ever fully come?
I want to achieve things, I don’t want to look back at my life and feel unfulfilled. Equally I don’t want to look back and feel as though I chased the wrong things and missed out on what would actually have made me much happier overall.
Ambition is a tricky thing isn’t it. It’s both rewarding and destructive.
When I look at successful people, I don’t see individuals that stop once they taste success. I see people that keep going, people that want more, people that decide a million isn’t enough it must be millions etc etc. You get the point. But where does something stop being an ambition and start becoming an obsession?
It is inspiring though isn’t it. People that have ambitions and work towards them, those people do motivate others. Their stories help to give us a kick up the bum, they make us think ‘well they did it so I can too’. I want to be that person, for my daughter. I want her to look at me and use me as an example and a reason to work hard, and achieve as much as she can. But ultimately I want her to be happy, and I would never want her chasing something out of obligation if it wasn’t her dream.
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There are just too many questions, and too many what-ifs. Or am I just overthinking it?
Have I gained any further clarity after writing this post? No, not really. I still don’t know if I will achieve all my ambitions, I don’t know if my current list will grow and I’ll never reach an end, and I don’t know if less ambitious people are happier. But what I do know is that the feeling of a realised ambition is fantastic, and I’m not ready to stop and just accept my lot. I’m going to keep going to achieve what I dream of, even if there is the risk that I will never be content. Why? Because there is the chance that I might be. If I give up then I definitely won’t be and that’s reason enough to keep going, at least for now.
Do you consider yourself an ambitious person? If so, why and if not then why not? Do you think an ambitious person can ever be satisfied? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!