Deep beneath all reasons and motivations, human desires and emotions have been the larger cause of all outstanding achievements and the frightful evils alike. Ambition is one such emotion that gives us the shot at becoming a multi-planetary species. On the contrary, it can also be the cause of global destruction in its worst manifestation.
Ambition is also something that I often haven’t be able to express or define in the personal context. Ambition, for me, is the drive or mindset to strive for leaving behind a better world than the one I was born in. The biggest burden on one’s conscience is to leave a generational debt behind. I made it in New York only because my father had the ambition to walk out of small rural farmland and equip me with better tools and education than he had in his time. So, I not only have the responsibility but an obligation not to leave the future generation worse off than I had from my parents. Ambition is the process to work towards the creation of a larger fabric that results in a world where we harness technology to improve climate, reduce poverty, solve healthcare and education issues, amongst many other things.
Ambition is not living in the moment but living for one’s legacy.