*Way back in T-pisode 187 I wrote about the word forgiveness followed by T-pisode 205 where I defined my version of the word success. Two of the most difficult T-pisodes I ever forced myself to write but felt I had to share. A lot of people want to know more about my opinions on life and how I see things the way I do and the reasons behind it all. So I’m obliging. For the next 10 Mondays 2/17/14-4/21/14 I am going to write about a particular word and show the world how I define it. Something different but I hope you take something away from it all. Enjoy.
You have to have goals. You really do. A person without goals is someone who has no plan in life. You have to have them. Fitness goals; financial goals; family goals; career goals; materialistic goals; life goals. And you can have all the intelligence, talent and the most phenomenal work ethic in the world but you’ll never reach your goals without ambition. Sure you’ll probably do the little day-to-day stuff. Finish a project. Drop a few pounds. Save up a few bucks to buy that TV. Use a small tax return to rent that summer cottage for the long holiday weekend. But the big life goals that define you, that change you, that make you who you want to be, do not have a chance in hell if you don’t have any ambition. Trust T on this one.
Ambitious people are my favorite people by far. You can see their need to succeed in their eyes. In the way they talk. In their body language. They jump up out of bed every day without having that normal person pause or that reaction to hit the snooze button. Seize the day was written by an ambitious person. When you have ambition you want to be better. Not better than the guy next to you. Not better than the guy with the newer car. Not better than the guy with the bigger back yard. Not better than the guy with the nicer office. NO. Ambitious people don’t care about who has what or why they’re doing it. That is that person’s goal. Not mine. Ambitious people want to be better versions of themselves. They don’t look at life as a race or a competition. Life is one long amazing adventure full of roads that no one else will take. That is the way of the ambitious person. “How can I be better today?” “What am I going to do today that will make me a better man than I was yesterday?” “Am I one step closer to achieving my goal and if I’m not, why?” And there is no one more ambitious than the person who started life with nothing. Started from the bottom and now you’re here? You have no idea Drake. The person at the bottom of the mountain starts his climb and NEVER looks back. This is the guy who was dealt the worst hand possible at the poker table and won the big pot at the end of the night. Why? Because he has more ambition than the most ambitious. When you’re humbled at a young age that sets you apart from the others. That ambition is a different ambition. That ambition is the ambition I have.
Turn nothing into something. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as my heart’s in it. That’s the motto. The world has tried to put a cap on my ambition plenty of times but I wouldn’t let it happen. My want to work hard and my need to succeed has made me proud of my unmatched ambition. It took a lifetime to get where I am today and I’m still not done. I don’t have “normal” goals and I love it! I LOVE it. It takes a lot of ambition to pull off most of the shit I pulled off in life and it’s going to take even more to pull off the rest of the shit I have planned. But I’ll be ok. Because I got it. I have ambition. Do you?
Until next time. Always take it there.