“Ambition is daring to follow your dream” Jenipher Lyn, author of “How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular Saved My Life”
One thing I’ve learned from hundreds of clients is that you’ve gotta have ambition to keep the fire stoked.
Not the bulldoze-everyone-that gets-in-my-way brand of ambition.
Nope. We’re talking true ambition: the earnest desire that springs from deep within you. A desire so strong it drives you even when the going feels excruciating. And when that desire is expressed as serving your audience in some profound way only you can do?
Entrepreneurs run on it. Visionaries run on it. Artists run on it.
Because pushing boundaries and changing lives isn’t for the lazy. Or the tentative.
Whenever I think about ambition, I tend to think about two client entrepreneurs—with strikingly different outcomes.
“Deborah” had a sudden financial windfall and decided she wanted to make a difference with it. With some help, she developed an exquisitely clear big idea—specific, focused on others, visionary—about an issue she cared about. Her challenge? No fire in the belly.
She desperately wanted the glam side—the perks that come with success—but continually declined the daily (decidedly UNglamorous) spade work required to build her platform: soliciting global alliance partners, meeting with local cause supporters, traveling to critical conferences where she could extend her base. Call her lazy or call her a dilettante, the result was the same: she settled for a few crumbs instead of her spectacular vision. She had no true ambition to fuel her.
“Randy” has a vision on a scale comparable to Deborah’s—other-focused and born from his unique talents and passions. But Randy was viscerally connected to making it a reality. He’d wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and shoot off a few emails. He’d ask his pals who he should connect with to spread his vision. He took to social media and—if not always patiently—consistently did the work. He reached out to (and did some favors for) industry big kahunas who quickly asked him to speak at their conferences. His big idea is now firmly in the zeitgeist.
Yes, he enjoys the limelight—and is a brilliant speaker—but that’s not what drives him. His fuel is improving the lives of those he serves. His stories are rather spiritual in the telling since he holds exceedingly high reverence for the lives he touches. Which of course draws more to him. True ambition.
True ambition wells up from your deepest talents, passions and desires. It’s aligned with your values—including how far you’re willing to go to translate your vision into reality.
Exquisite clarity about your true ambition will point you in the right direction (not to mention produce an abundance of rocket fuel).
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