Thursday, February 17, 2011

3D Juggling 516: Ambition - Good or Bad?

Claire writes: I find it interesting that what you say in a moment without attachment - and soon forget - can be more meaningful to the receiver than an influencing campaign! Last week's lunch companion quotes me as saying: "Ambition is neutral. It's what you do with it that matters."

Often people see ambition as pushy and overbearing.  Equally a lack of ambition can lead to inertia. It doesn't have to be about money or fame.  In fact research by William Damon, Professor of Human Development at Stamford University suggests that money and fame don't in the end satisfy people. Purpose comes from doing something meaningful to the self and consequential to the world beyond the self.  It needs to make a difference.  What's interesting about his research is that he says that Science and religion say the same thing.

Ambition is neutral. It's what you do with it that matters.  Think about it...

Discuss this week's juggling at

Aiming for what?

There have been plenty of press articles recently about financial ambition and how young people are ambitious for celebrity and fame

Over 25 years we have done a lot of work around purpose. Our Career Makeover Masterclass on 5th March is a day to help you explore how you can find a completely different kind of job - with purpose.  It's appropriate for people looking for their first job, returning to work after a period of unemployment, facing redundancy or just looking for a change.  Call us on 01462 483798 if you'd like to come.  To make it affordable it's £50 and concessions are available.

No comments: