Ambition: Primary Motivator Or Selfish Tunnel Vision?

Last week, photographer Antonio Simoes’s words, got me thinking. This is what he said…

‘Well I have to tell you this: Ambition is a non-existent word in my vocabulary, after a few lessons that life has taught me. I guess that tomorrow doesn’t exist really as today we are breathing, but we never know what will happen the following day.  Tomorrow – that one unknown time-line defined as a future is only an illusion. Humankind has created that illusion inside our head with the hope to see another day. It is ok to believe that tomorrow is the future, but who knows if we will wake up to see it? Every single second is different, every single day is a new day; in photography you only capture a moment in time that only can be seen in two different timelines, (the past and the present). We cannot capture a picture of tomorrow’s day. This is the reality of life, past and present. I live a life in the now, with memories of yesterday, and eventually if I get to see the next day I’ll take it as it comes and try to make the best out of it. If an opportunity comes my way I’ll grab it and that’s it – no plans, no ambition for the unknown day.’

So is it wrong to have ambition, to make plans, to look for success?

According to Ines Temple, president of LHH-DBM Peru and LHH Chile, ambition is much more positive than negative.

Ambition is a major driver for personal growth and development. ‘No one can succeed without a healthy dose of ambition. Those who wish to be more, know more, do more, give more or have more, have a purpose and a powerful internal drive that leads them to dream bigger and go further. Ambition drives them to advance and accomplish their goals. Well-aimed and supported by values, ambition reflects a healthy self-esteem and higher power of abstraction and visualization of the future. Ambitious people have a gleam in their eyes as they approach their goals. They vibrate at a higher level and have a contagious enthusiasm about accomplishing things. They inspire and motivate others.’

Where ambition can be bad is when people might have tunnel vision in trying to reach their goals. They sacrifice their own mental and physical health, have no time for their families and can be blind to others feelings and needs. A ruthlessness can overtake them; they become selfish and obsessed. Failure can make such people depressed and angry.

Tunnel Vision

So, it seems that a compromise is needed to get the right work/ life balance. Yes, make plans for your goals and dreams, but also make plans for family time and people in your life. Most importantly make plans for your own physical and mental health. Make plans for the future but be aware that circumstances might change those plans. Do live for the day and do your best for that day.

I kind of agree with this statement by https:https://www.quora.com/profile/Patrick-Zheng

‘When you are making a strenuous effort for your goals, don’t forget the importance of your inner tranquility; thus you would not stretch yourself to the limit. When you are enjoying your happy life, don’t forget your destination; therefore you would be positive that your talents won’t be wasted. Just try to live in the moment. Feel proud of your desire to live better as well as your amusement and enjoyment. Stay attuned to your soul, and you will strike the balance between work and life.’

Work/ Life Balance

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