Ambition Table of Contents Item| Page| 1. 0 Introduction| 3| 1. 2 Definition of ambition| 3| 1. 3 Constructive Ambition| 4| 1. 3. 1 Definition of Constructive Ambition| 4| 1. 3. 2 Example of Constructive Ambition| 4-5| 1. 4 Destructive Ambition| 5| 1. 4. 1 Definition of Destructive Ambition:| 5| 1. 5 Personal experience with ambition| 6| 6. 0 bibliography| 7| “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ” 1. 1 Introduction: Many people have different ambitions in life so the word ambition would have different definitions, depending on whom you ask.
To me ambition is an urge desire to achieve your goals or succeed. Ambition leads you to dedication, motivation and determination. Ambition is a feeling that is driven from within. In other words it is the sum of two factors; force and goal. In this essay, I will define “ambition”, the different effects of ambition, and at last, I will talk about my personal experience with ambition. 1. 2 Definition of Ambition Ambition is the motive force needed to propel all of us to work towards our set cherished goals. It is the force that drives us to accomplish goals that are within or beyond one’s natural abilities.
Nevertheless ambition has the power to corrupt and completely alter one’s sense of reality and morality. Different people have different ambitions in life. The nature of ambition varies from persons to person. It depends upon one’s family background, upbringing, social status and economic condition. 1. 3 Constructive Ambition 1. 3. 1 Definition of Constructive Ambition Constructive ambition is the kind of ambition that drives a positive force to achieve our divine goals. There are many different situations in which being ambitious can be good characteristics. Nothing can be accomplished without some sort of positive ambition.
For example, if you are trying to reach a goal, such as going to college, you must have ambition. You must have the ability and desire to accomplish your goal. But ambition requires hard work. You must do your best and put in all your time and effort. If you don’t have that ambition, you won’t succeed or accomplish your goal. 1. 3. 2 Example of Constructive Ambition In one of the universities in Colombia, one of the students attended a math lecture. He sat in the back of the hall and slept quietly. At the end of the lecture, he woke up on the students’ voices leaving the hall.
Before leaving, he noticed that the professor has written two mathematical problems on the white board. Therefore, he wrote them down in his notebook and left the hall. When he came back home, he started solving those problems. They were very hard. Therefore, he went to the university’s library, picked up some references and started working them out again. After 4 days, he was able to solve the first problem but he was feeling very angry with his professor for giving them such a hard assignment. In the next lecture, the professor did not ask about the assignment, he was very surprised about that.
Therefore, he went up to the professor and told him that the first problem took him 4 days and 4 pages to solve it. The professor was very surprised; he told the student that he did not give any assignments. The two problems that the doctor wrote on the white board, was an example of the mathematical problems, which the greatest scientist could not work out at all. As we saw in this case, ambition is as an eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as the eagerness to learn and explore the unattainable. Every human being needs ambition to succeed in life.
It is the driving force in life, which motivates us to compete and be the best. A person without ambition is like a boat without a rudder. Ambition is the backbone of this world as it led many great men throughout history to extravagant achievements. Ambition is a good character if utilized correctly. Without ambition, life will be boring, monotonous and uninteresting. the student was motivated by his ambition to solve the problem; as mentioned earlier that ambition is eager or strong desire to achieve something, he’s ambition here was to solve the question although it took him humongous effort and time.
The solution of this problem with its four pages is still exhibited there in this university. 1. 4 Destructive Ambition 1. 4. 1 Definition of Destructive Ambition: Destructive ambition is the kind of ambition that drives a negative force to achieve goals that only benefit them and bring harm to others. People with destructive ambition are blinded by their ambitions and there hunger for success on the price of destroying other people. They will carry on their quest to nowhere destroying not themselves but all that surrounds them 1. 4. 2 Example of Destructive Ambition:
Ambition can also bring out the worst in people. In Julius Caesar, Cassius’ ambitious nature drives him to kill his lifetime friend another example is Adolf Hitler had a vision that one day the world would be without Jews. This desire gave him the ambition to kill all of the Jews, is a form of negative ambition. Being ambitious can be a good and bad trait. It can bring out the best and worst in people. It can show people’s true colors and their true interests. 1. 5 Personal experience with ambition My father was born in Jordan in a small village that had no electricity.
When he was small despite being a shepherd, he managed to go to school. Depending on Allah and himself he went to the city. Although he was challenged by the urban life, he continued his studies in high school and graduated with a high grades that assured him a better future. Nevertheless his ambition did not stop there; he got a scholarship to complete his studies in the US. The scholarship he received was by one of the top universities In the US. He received his masters and PHD in sociology and then he came to UAE as the Dean of college of arts, humanities and social sciences.
Obviously my role model in life is my dad as he came over came many barriers in life by his ambition and self-determination to succeed and excel in life. 1. 6 Conclusion Nobody is given the chance to be born, the choice of parents, the country of birth. Nor do we choose the time of our death. We do choose how we go through the circle of life: It’s us who live courageously or dishonorably. We are given the chance to prioritize and decide what is important and what is trivial in life. What makes us unique is the power of choice. There is nobody to blame but yourself for the path of our lives.
Those decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about. 1. 7 Biographies: 1. Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey and C. J. Mahaney (Apr 14, 2010) 2. Activating Your Ambition: A Guide to Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others by Mike Hawkins (Jul 14, 2009) 3. Ambition: How We Manage Success and Failure Throughout Our Lives by Gilbert Brim (Sep 22, 2000 4. The way of ambition by Robert Smythe Hichens (Sep 10, 2010 5. http://en. wiktionary. org/wiki/Ambition