How to Raise Your Sense of Ambition…
“An easy conquest has lower value than a difficult one. We’re most
excited by that which is denied to us…by what we cannot possess in full.”
~ Robert Greene
Ambition and motivation for a goal in life is a lot like suspense and drama for the plot in a television screenplay: you can’t have it watching an episode on repeat.
To not progressively advance in your abilities – to not push yourself for ever-increasing heights of strategic thinking and productive behavior – is a lot like never adding new tracks to the playlist on your iPod music collection…as you listen to same songs (or pursue the same intentions) repetitively, they can’t help but lose their effect.
So see your sense of ambition as the background music to the screenplay of your existence: without the “crescendo” of a new challenge, your story will lack dynamics and thus grow lifeless and pale; your sense of drive can grow feeble and weak, like a muscle incapable of exerting itself, due not so much to natural aging as to a lack of exertion itself.
So strengthen your ambition by progressively placing demands on it to reach higher plateaus, lest you be forced to meet the greater challenges of life without this sense of strength preemptively developed and prepared, or (even worse) live in a way comparable to an eternal marathon of redundant television programming…
Remember, you can’t have drive for a challenge you’ve already mastered, and you can’t be ambitious within a domain you already control because “an easy conquest has lower value than a difficult one. We’re most excited by that which is denied to us…by what we cannot possess in full.”