Ambition is evil. Ambition creates a greedy, ruthless, heartless and selfish human being.
We must stifle any and all ambition!!
Anyone who seriously believes that ambition is evil and a bad trait for a person to have… well, fuck you.
If you are an ambitious person, you’ve probably heard all of these things like I have. We are greedy, self-centered, heartless assholes.
I recently came across an article right before I wrote this one. I was curious to see if someone had actually written something about ambition being bad… well, they did and I am thoroughly disgusted. They claim that having ambition means that we don’t live in the present, that we only look towards the future. That we have closed off our hearts, sacrificed our souls to our ambition. That what we really need is love. The main driving force for us should be to love, be loved, help everyone and do the things we do just for fun.
Seriously… I’m sorry, but I am an ambitious person and yes, I do look towards the future, but that in no way means I’m ignoring the present. A truly ambitious person looks at the future, where they’re headed to figure out what to do right now to achieve their goals. No, I have not sacraficed my soul and closed off my heart. On the contrary, I feel more alive, at peace and appreciate love more than I ever have in the past. I enjoy working towards something, having meaning to the things that I do, not just aimlessly wandering around life just doing things for the fun of it… what’s the point if you’re not going to take life even a little bit serious? By all means, live life, have fun, but also be a value. In no way does having ambition make me a greedy, ruthless, heartless person. Absolutely I want success in life, but not at the expense of my values and morality. My morality is based on achieving my own happiness; which I talked about in a previous article. I believe in a moral code of working to achieve and not take less or more than what I have earned. I can’t understand how someone can say that ambition takes our focus off of the present, love, etc. I guess I can see it if they follow an altruistic, self sacrificing lifestyle. But I believe in living a life of value and surrounding myself with like minded people.
We are not a detriment to society. It is those of us who produce, create and add value to the world. If only everyone were ambitious, we would live in a world full of truly happy, productive, valuable people instead of a world full of needy, co-dependent, negative people. Being a person of value and ambition helps to see the world and others for their individual value, not their race, gender or status… none of that matters in the ambitious mind. The only thing that matters is value. And the beauty of value, is that it is up to the individual to achieve that.
Productiveness is your acceptance of morality, your recognition of the fact that you choose to live–that productive work is the process by which man’s consciousness controls his existence, a constant process of acquiring knowledge and shaping matter to fit one’s purpose, of translating an idea into physical form, of remaking the earth in the image of one’s values–that all work is creative work if done by a thinking mind, and no work is creative if done by a blank who repeats in uncritical stupor a routine he has learned from others–that your work is yours to choose, and the choice is as wide as your mind, that nothing more is possible to you and nothing less is human–that to cheat your way into a job bigger than your mind can handle is to become a fear-corroded ape on borrowed motions and borrowed time, and to settle down into a job that requires less than your mind’s full capacity is to cut your motor and sentence yourself to another kind of motion: decay–that your work is the process of achieving your values, and to lose your ambition for values is to lose your ambition to live–that your body is a machine, but your mind is its driver, and you must drive as far as your mind will take you, with achievement as the goal of your road–that the man who has no purpose is a machine that coasts downhill at the mercy of any boulder to crash in the first chance ditch, that the man who stifles his mind is a stalled machine slowly going to rust, that the man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap, and the man who makes another man his goal is a hitchhiker no driver should ever pick up–that your work is the purpose of your life, and you must speed past any killer who assumes the right to stop you, that any value you might find outside your work, any other loyalty or love, can be only travelers you choose to share your journey and must be travelers going on their own power in the same direction. -Atlas Shrugged