AMBITIONAn earnest desire for some type of achievement

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As entrepreneurs, we are encouraged to have ambition towards the goals we have set for our businesses. Ambition was created to allow us think out of the box, dream bigger and to come up with better than great ideas. I’m sure a lot of you have been told “that’s just a very ambitious project to take on” but this is mainly because ambition can also have a downside to it ultimately when we fail to be realistic and practical in our ambition.

Being ambitious allows you to create the power and passion essential to make things happen for yourself. It paves the way into an individual planning out how to attain their goals through hard work and resilience. It pumps up the inner being of yourself allowing solutions to problems because you have made a definite decision to make it despite any obstacles that may become a hindrance to your success. If you don’t put in the work, you are sure not to get any result because ambition is directly proportional to hard work. One cannot exist without the other. It’s not as easy as creating successful scenarios in your head about succeeding then going to bed without any steps being made towards the goal in hand.


We have got to understand that ambition is only the fundamental tactic to get you to where you need to be. With all the objectives in our businesses, only a handful of us take the necessary steps into making it a reality. It is defined as the strong desire to do or achieve something but if you are not willing to do the required effort then you will remain as “the one who always had potential”. You can’t get so inspired and motivated to be someone one day with insufficient commitment to do so.
Execution is key. Have long-term and short-term goals for your business and pace yourself swiftly because the major downside of being too ambitious is setting yourself for failure. You can’t decide to take on so many responsibilities at once then complain when you don’t make it. Failure is norm to achieving dreams and goals. If you have stopped setting stepping stones to the work required in achieving your goals because of the fear of the unknown then you haven’t learned a single thing about life. You’ve got to be confident about the decisions you make.

Remember: There are downfalls of being ambition but it is imperative that you contain it. A person without ambition has no full commitment to make something of themself in the future.


Written by Ntiyiso Hlekane Ntiyiso is an intelligent young lady studying Bcom Finance at University of Johannesburg.