Balancing ambition and frustration

Are you satisfied?

Do you ever ask yourself that? Seriously?

I find that more often than not, we are never satisfied. It isn’t about money. It isn’t about power. It isn’t about greed.

Ambition can drive you crazy.

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sure, there is a new challenge there. But, a year from now – you’ll be back here.

You’ll be wondering how to turn your ambition into the next great career move. The next relationship. The next personal achievement.

We’re taking it one game at a time.

An overused sports clich√©. I always forget how to make that √©. I have to search for it and copy and paste every time. I should learn more code. Why don’t I have that memorized? I probably use it five times per year and have to go to Google each time. I’m lame. There I go again.

But, are we taking it one game at a time? Are you assessing the wins and losses on a daily basis to see that no matter how much we think it sucks, that we’re making progress. If we’re smart, we can take the things that got the best of us and improve on them in the second half. A lame sports analogy, but it works for me.

Thanksgiving is over. Now we go back to work. We go back to the grind. We go back to forgetting to tell the people we care about what we’re thankful for. We’ll save those up for Thanksgiving next year.

Someone else is dying to be where you are now.

Do you ever think about that? With all of our insecurities and imperfections, there are others who would lose a limb to trade places with us. But, life is miserable when you only get 95% of that bonus. Things are tough when you can’t leave the office at 5pm every day.

I’m guilty of this.

I’m driven… to a fault. I bang my head against the wall a ton. But, I think I have a coping mechanism after years of doing this.

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
Emile M. Cioran

Channel that energy towards positive things.

Crush your job. That is a constant. But, use the ambitious energy to do other things in your time away from work. Build something. Work on a startup. Help people. Write letters. Love more. Talk more. Spend more time with your family. Teach your child something new.

Take the freakin’ time to pay attention to what is around you.

I’m guilty. I’m thankful for the folks who punch me in the face to make me realize that though. We only live once. Suck it up and file the negative things away. Use your brain [and heart] to do something great instead of moping.

Ambition can be a bitch. Don’t let it get you down.