03 Sep The Cost Of Ambition
Late nights, early mornings. Lots of associates, very few friends. Single. People will want you to do good but never better. The list goes on. The cost of ambition is great. Albeit, if you’re willing to pay the price, sky is the limit.
Late nights, early mornings
“They call us dreamers but we’re the ones who don’t sleep.” — Unknown
Ambition demands time.
Most nights are late nights and most mornings are early mornings. The days are too short and at the same time, too long. Sometimes skipping meals, coffee breaks, parties and a whole lot of what others call life is necessary to get things done. If this is your norm, chances are, you’re ambitious.
This is the first cost of ambition – time.
Lots of associates, very few friends
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” — Oscar Wilde
Ambition comes with solitude.
The journey to success can be quite solitary not because there is a shortage of people surrounding us but because of the unspoken loneliness. Very few see through. Even fewer understand.
This is the second cost of ambition – friends.
You will be single
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” — Rumi
Ambition calls for the heart.
Relationships are sometimes complicated, most times it’s just plain hard. Between the aggressive deadlines, impossible workloads, irrational persistence, and plateaus of chaos, how do you fit in a healthy, harmonious relationship?
This is the third cost of ambition – love.
People will want you to do good but never better than them
“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. ” — Khalil Gibran
Success has a polarising effect on people who witness it. On the bright side, it brings out the superior mindset of being happy for another person’s prosperity, fame, and achievement. We are inspired, motivated, and we start to believe in the possibilities. On the contrary, for one twisted reason or another, success draws out envy, jealousy, and low-mindedness. We belittle others’ accomplishments to make our own look grand; we gossip, bad-mouth, and desperately try to pull them down because they surpassed us. You will see both sides as you move towards your goals.
Nevertheless, ambition requires us to stay sane, focused, and to endure. This is the fourth cost of ambition – mentality.
The cost of ambition is not limited to time, friends, love, and mental attitude. This is only the beginning. It will not be easy but like I said, if you’re willing to take on the cost of ambition, your imagination is the only limit.