If you have a goal and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it, you’re ambitious. After reaching that goal, you target something bigger. What happens after you have also reached that goal? What’s the next level? Are you too ambitious?
Being The Best – Never Having Enough
Why settle for less if you can have it all? The sad truth is, when it comes to financial terms, no one can have it all. Numbers have no limit and if your happiness lies within the status of your bank account, you will never be satisfied. Overambitious individual tend to become drunk with power. psychologists often refer this behavior to materialism, insecurity, workaholism and greed. Becoming the best in something is hard, but possible. The harder it was to reach the goal, the harder it will be to give it up after achieving it.
We all have watched movies, in which “corrupt” people try to justify every bad thing they do. A current movie is “The Wolf Of Wallstreet”, where we see a young and money-grubbing Jordan Belfort explaining his scams aren’t as bad as they seem to be, because he was ripping off rich people and not the poor. Moral compromises like this occur especially when one is willing to sacrifice even his own dignity to achieve his ambitions. Don’t get me wrong on this one. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it okay. Remember slavery used to be legal too!
My previous posts advise one to work smart – not only hard. But what if you have been doing both better than everyone else in your company for the past 10 years and still don’t get a promotion or the income you desire? Keep in mind, climbing the ladder of success comes with a risk, not an entitlement. Overdetermined people tend to fall into depressions during these kind of situations or even worse.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. –Vincent Van Gogh