Success Relies On This Critical Ingredient

Ultimate Success Quotes Ambition

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If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

Nora Ephron

The Two Faces of Ambition

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.

Josh Billings

Ambition is a key factor in achieving success in life, there’s no question about it. That ambition may obey ‘no law but its appetite’ or it may be rooted in this wise advice from one of America’s beloved tv hosts:

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

Fred Rogers

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral

What is the nature of ambition? Is it a motivation so strong that nothing gets in the way, not even the well-being of others? I think for many of us that connotation is pretty strong. So, for those whose idea of personal success requires that it increase the well-being of those around us as well as ourselves, what then is the definition of ambition?

Energy Leadership

As a student of Energy Leadership by Bruce Schneider, I’ve learned about the 7 levels of energy. We all come from any one or more of these levels in our interactions. The expression of our ambition is sculpted by the level from which we respond. In becoming fluent in the 7 levels, it is possible to follow Nora Ephron’s advice, and not have to live with the consequences of Josh Billings’ observation.

Two crystal clear examples of both ends of the spectrum of this idea are Lady Macbeth and Lynne Twist. Lady Macbeth personifies the lowest level of energy surrounding ambition and she illustrates the dire consequences of doing so. On the other hand, Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, is a living example of one of the highest expressions of ambition and what it can manifest in the world.


p.s. – do you know your Energy Leadership level?



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