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Ambition: Do you need it to succeed?

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20140805-ambition-born-or-bred

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Ambition: Do you need it to succeed?

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The Perception of Ambition

The Perception of Ambition

A healthy dose of ambition and drive is no doubt the key to success.

Defined as striving of an individual for status and achievement, ambition is particularly rampant in the corporate world, with managers wanting to climb up to the top of the corporate ladder.

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Factors That Guide Ambition

  • People with high self-esteem are more ambitious and confident to be able to rise in the ranks, regardless of the actual talent.
  • Family history plays an important factor, with successful parents having ambitious children.
  • An extrovert personality contributes to the ambitiousness of a person, and many countries specifically look at the personality of a candidate to suit their requirements, looking at the long-term aspects.

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Two Kinds Of Ambition

Ambition can be individual or collective, and while collective ambition is great if one is able to channelize the same, individual ambition at the expense of the organization as a whole can be counterproductive.

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