Own your ambition (pt.3)

Alex Sugg
Alex Sugg

Someone who believes they should have something is very different from someone who believes they could have something.

Admitting your ambition is professing that "I believe that I am capable of completing or achieving a difficult objective."

Admitting my ambition is acknowledging that I still have work to do.

You know what is absent from this way of thinking? Entitlement.

I commit crimes of entitlement all the time. I believe most of us probably do. This isn't a shot at anyone specifically, but a shot at a terrible way of approaching our goals.

Entitlement is poisonous to creating fulfilling work. Once you get something, it won't mean as much to you. If you don't put in the hard yards to earn something, it won't be as valuable to you once it's in your possession.

Healthy ambition declares war on entitlement. Ambition fights for the best version of you, while entitlement fights for the most comfortable version of you.

Someone who believes they should have something is very different from someone who believes they could have something.

So, what do you feel entitled to your creative work? Are there any results that have not come to pass, but 'should have' by now? Make no mistake, this process of digging can be excruciating. But once we come to terms with it, we are given optimism for what is possible once we get out of our own way.

We become doers, instead of merely hoping that things will fall into our lap. Healthy ambition is hope, while entitlement is disappointment.

What is something you believe you should have? How can you shift your thinking so it's something you could have?