What’s your ambition in life?
The usuals suspects of money, power, and prestige?
Or maybe something more simple, like providing for your family and sending the kids to college?
Maybe one’s ambition can even change over time too.
I mean, I know mine has.
At 21 I wanted to be in the world of high finance, investment banking, and mergers and acquisitions.
And now, I mostly want a free afternoon with a good book and to travel with my family.
Overall though, I think this is not an issue most like to discuss, for the discussion soon turns inward.
Not in a bad way, but in a realistic one.
The truth is that most of us want things – but we are also not willing to be too inconvenienced at the same time.
Not all of us are the same.
Some of us will rule the world, after all.
Mr. A is not just young, but ambitious, ambitious in a way that makes observers slightly uncomfortable, that makes him stand out even among the cadre of upstarts in Peter’s orbit. It’s not fame he wants, or money either, or even to create the next big tech company. He read Machiavelli at thirteen. He’s fascinated by power and knows that Peter is a means by which he can wield it.
-Ryan Holiday, Conspiracy