On Ambition

“The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand

If someone were to describe you in one word, what would it be? Funny, cute, smart? My hope is people would describe me as ambitious. To me, it’s quite the compliment. It means they respect my drive to continuously improve, and my desire to build something bigger than myself. Depending on whom you talk to, you might actually get that answer. Some, however, might have other choice words, but I’ll get to that. Back to being ambitious.

Nobody gave permission to launch this blog. No one ever told me I was qualified to give advice. I set this goal for myself and I’m just going for it. If it fails, it fails, but it won’t be for lack of trying. This may be a leap forward in my life or it may be two steps back. In 5 years I’ll tell you what I won’t be saying, “I wish I had taken the time to launch a blog,” because I already did it and you’re reading it.

I find in life people fail to follow their hopes and dreams because they’re either afraid of change, scared to put ourselves out there or they’re nervous what people will think when they stand up for something they believe in. What if someone doesn’t agree with you? Then what.

For every hope there are ten reasons of doubt. For every dream there are twelve worthy excuses, but in order to truly embrace ambition, you need to toss everything aside and just push forward.

It’s important to remember, nothing will ever be perfect the first time. This blog will morph over time and may end up being something completely indistinguishable from when I first began, and that’s OK. Being ambitious is about learning to adapt and most importantly learning to absorb criticism.

If you’ve never made an enemy in your life it means you’ve never stood up for yourself or your causes. I strongly stand behind the fact that enemies FUEL ambition. People instinctively develop jealously and hatred toward successful people. Ignore them. They’re jealous because you’re doing something they can’t. You’re succeeding where they haven’t; you’re making a difference in your life or another’s while they’re at home watching TV. Who would you rather be? Put yourself out there. Ignore the naysayers. Stand up for what you believe in. If it makes you happy, if it changes your life for the better, do it.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and be ambitious.




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