Sheryl Sandberg

Many people are not interested in acquiring power, not because they lack ambition, but because they are living their lives as they desire.

John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

At some point, people have enough money to have financial security, live a comfortable, adventuresome lifestyle, and fulfill most of their aspirations in life. It is a mark of emotional and spiritual maturity to be able to say, “I have enough.” Past a certain point, it is not healthy to want more; actually, it is a kind of sickness.

James Champy

Every great leader begins with a great dream. Ambitious visions not only require a capacity for meaningful change, but also provide the energy and inspiration to engage others. These tasks — articulating a dream and rallying others around it — are the essence of leadership. The study of leaders in every field tells us that leadership is the residue of ambition… Great leaders have an … [ Read more ]

Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts

Ambitious people don’t like failing or looking stupid. As the social scientist Chris Argyris (one of the fathers of organizational-learning theory) put it, smart people have trouble learning because it involves so much floundering and failure.

Joel Kurtzman / Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ambition drastically discounts the value of anything achieved in the present, while overvaluing what may be possible in the future.

Paulo Coelho

A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.

Jay W Lorsch and Thomas J Tierney

Until you’ve explicitly defined your life’s goals and aspirations, you can’t really know what tradeoffs you’re willing to make to reach them.

Helen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

Jim Rohn

Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want.