Why is AMBITION convincingly most important for success in BUSINESS?
Success in business and life rarely comes by itself. Usually, a lot of work is needed for success, and the strongest means to achieve such a goal is ambition.
With ambition can be called the desire for success that makes us ready to master everything that is needed. Without ambition, there would be no success, no progress, no development of humanity at all.
However, whether an ambition will succeed or not depends solely on your definition of success. If you want to succeed professionally, your ambition could take you far in that regard. But if you sacrificed yourself to the point of being unhappy and lonely to achieve those lofty goals, are you really successful?
What is definitely true is that a healthy ambition can help you succeed in many ways. However, it is important to note that ambition alone does not always mean success. Talent, skills and other circumstances also play an important role.
Ambition is defined
Through research, two American university professors tried to define ambition and understand why some people have it and others do not. According to two professors, ambition mainly refers to the pursuit of status and achievement.
“It’s not just about working hard or not. It’s about achieving things and the status that corresponds to achieving those goals, “said John Cameyer Miller, a professor at the University of Minnesota.
Ambitious people do not necessarily want to become CEOs of the company, he added. Some people simply want to become successful salespeople or engineers. But others, especially in the field of management, will want to climb high corporate ladders.
There are several factors that contribute to ambition, but one big determinant is self-esteem, said Nesir Gaemi, a professor of psychology and pharmacology at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center.
Research shows that people with high self-esteem are more ambitious than people who have low self-esteem, he said.
Someone who values himself highly will not necessarily progress, but “the more self-esteem you have, the more ambitious you are because you think you can do something,” Ghaemi explained.
Family history and personality
Family history is also important, experts say. If people have successful parents or grandparents, they will probably be ambitious themselves.
For these people, success is simply what is expected of them.
Another important factor of ambition is personality. People who have a high level of awareness and who are extroverts are more likely to have an urge to progress.
Extroverts love it when other people recognize and praise them. Introverted people, on the other hand, are less worried about whether people will look at them positively, and they do not need to acknowledge their success in order to feel good.
The best kind of ambition?
According to research, there are two types of ambitions: individual and collective. Collective ambition is preferred by companies. They want an ambitious individual and leader, but they want that ambition to be used for the benefit of companies.
“Ambition is great if it can be directed in the right way. Personal ambition to the detriment of the organization will not contribute to success “, says Mark Quinn, a leader in the London consulting company Marcera.
In the corporate world, ambitious people who are at the top of companies tend to be similar. They try to be nice, sociable and hardworking to everyone, but most importantly, they try to be normal. Such people are not particularly creative, productive or innovative. They are just dedicated to their company, and that does not contribute to success.
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