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The Meaning of Ambition

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In writing Plotting the Course, I found myself employing a particular word time and again throughout the text: ambition. It is a word that I use to describe the quest for growth, improvement, and achievement through setting goals and taking action to make great things happen. And yet, it’s also a word heard all too often these days in a negative context, as if to imply greed or unscrupulousness. What I suspect has happened in some circles is that the word ambition is being confused with blind ambition. Blind ambition means obsessively pursuing a goal at any cost, blind to morality or consequence, while ambition itself is the driving force behind improvement and accomplishment.

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