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    Even if you are, I think an important aspect of maturity is being able to find common ground with everyone rather than running on about what you might do in the future unless they actually want to hear about it.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Given that this has been posted in the Investment Banking and Consulting forum, I don't think anybody here is intending to become the next Newton or Leibniz, they're looking to get loaded.
    I'd like to graciously accept your point there, I completely missed that... Hah.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    It's never disgusting to be ambitious, embrace it

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    How does one become ambitious and delude his/her self into believing their ambitious goal to be possible?
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    (Original post by Hamo2509)
    A lot of my friends and family get a little glassy-eyed when I talk about my future plans.
    I kind of want to conquer the world and I don't see why I shouldn't try my hand at anything I fancy. Virtually everyone in my family is a workaholic and I'm no different. In my view, life is too short to not grab by the balls.

    I just want to stand back one day and know I've "made it". So I was wondering, at what point will everyone else consider retiring? Where does your ambition cut off?
    Im disgustingly unambitious.
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    (Original post by Galaxie501)
    Im disgustingly unambitious.
    I think I am too.
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    (Original post by cbreef)
    How does one become ambitious and delude his/her self into believing their ambitious goal to be possible?
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    Almost everything is possible though, you just need to figure out how to make it possible - ambition helps with that.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
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    Almost everything is possible though, you just need to figure out how to make it possible - ambition helps with that.
    I suppose my dream is to be a fast jet pilot or a race car driver. But dreams is all they are. Neither one is achievable imo
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    I'm disgustingly ambitious but it seems that ambition for bankers just means making all the money in the world.

    I want to create culture, I want to start my own advertising agency and build it to legendary status. But the ultimate goal is not money (it's not a bad thing to want to make money - just to be clear). Number one is creating ads people love and get inspired by. It's having a say over which ideas or products will be advertised and promoted and which not (impossible when you're just an employee or a tiny firm). It's having that cultural influence and reach.

    I want to create things people LOVE.
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    Wealth accumulation beyond financial autonomy is a silly pursuit. When independent, one should try to embrace what fulfils them, rather than trying to 'leave their mark' or 'stay at the top', by some function of narcissism or insecurity.

    Chasing that image where you've "made it", where you've got the beautiful wife, a top job, living penthouse apartment overlooking over the city sky will leave you empty because it's a mirage. You'll achieve it bitter and toiled, having realised you've wasted a life chasing something that doesn't really exist because, once you have it, that won't be enough either. This dogmatic pursuit of idealised materialism, status conscious, is sad. We see it all throughout history and men once very powerful and now wise who've done the same tell us to do otherwise.

    What's healthy is, instead of chasing this end, thriving in the process. The ideal is to enjoy the game. Those at the very top of the business world tend to tell us it's not about the money and it's not about the power. It's about the game. They could win or lose but the buzz of competing in that way has them hooked. It's about the process. If you're going to go this route, you need to do so being honest with yourself about whether you enjoy it day-to-day. Happiness isn't a goal to be strived for; It's being fulfilled on the journey towards that goal. Got to enjoy the game-- not just winning.

    As a side note, this is precisely why the humanities are important. You can chase science and economics and engineering and you can conquer the world, indeed. The question is why and whether it will really turn out like you hope. Or will you reflect back with regret on a hollow shell of something you thought you needed to be?
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    To answer the question more directly, no. I'd like to have wealth enough to pursue fulfilment, in whatever sense it might entail. The goal certainly isn't to get as many goodies as I can. It's do spend every moment sure I am doing what I want and what I love. That might (probably) entail work but the goal isn't to 'move up in the world' so much. I don't have that status fear.

    Legacy doesn't make sense to me. You can't give a **** what people think when you're dead.
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    I basically want to open schools in India for girls when I'm older and a little richer so they can get an education. But it seems very far fetched.
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    nope. I'm a lazy boy who plays ps4 and smokes weed a lot. university is nothing but playtime to me too.
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    (Original post by MrsSheldonCooper)
    I basically want to open schools in India for girls when I'm older and a little richer so they can get an education. But it seems very far fetched.
    That's a cute dream.

    It's probably more realistic than you think. The amount of non-profits currently working on educational projects in Africa to educate girls specifically is on the rise again. givewell actually has these projects in their 'recommended' to donate to. Their recommended ones are generally high priority and low exposure (not many people working in area) meaning you have maximum impact. Given that, I think it's absolutely reasonable that even if you cant open one by yourself or in your name certainly you can work on a project to do so or contribute in a meaningful way.
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    I hope to change and save the world, just try tell me I can't.
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    (Original post by kate37)
    I hope to change and save the world.
    Bet your first serious boyfriend is a troublemaker
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    (Original post by kate37)
    I hope to change and save the world, just try tell me I can't.
    You can't
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    Just kidding Go for it! Remember us little people when you do it
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    The spirit of Icarus is alive ITT; a few of you will achieve great things, I've no doubt, but the rest are going to fall hard.

    It'd be interesting to see how many of you have a mid-life crisis.
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    (Original post by TheThiefOfBagdad)
    The spirit of Icarus is alive ITT; a few of you will achieve great things, I've no doubt, but the rest are going to fall hard.

    It'd be interesting to see how many of you have a mid-life crisis.
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    The downfall of capitalism is precisely this.

    Everybody thinks they're on equal footing and have equal chance. They don't really.
    Capitalism is great for those who succeed -- sky's the limit, but the failures have nobody to blame but themselves. And the likelihood is most will fail.

    Sad, really.
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    (Original post by Athematica)
    The downfall of capitalism is precisely this.

    Everybody thinks they're on equal footing and have equal chance. They don't really.
    Capitalism is great for those who succeed -- sky's the limit, but the failures have nobody to blame but themselves. And the likelihood is most will fail.

    Sad, really.
    I'm well aware that not everyone has equal footing. I have had enormous opportunities in life that some can only dream of but I also have nowhere near the privileges that some enjoy.

    You have to start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. It's crazy how much you realise you are capable of once you start to try.
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    (Original post by 99_Problems)
    I'm so disappointed with this thread. It's so cute and inspiring. You promised disgusting ambition. Where is the whispering to your CEO a terrible secret about your colleague so that they are no longer in line for the promotion, where is the seduction of an investor so that they relinquish more of their cash, where are the tales of ruthlessly trampling on others to get to the top?!. Come on guys geez.
    I am disgustingly ambitious. I want to start my own Magazine make up brand. I met Anya Hindmarch the other day and her actual advice to me was "cut them dead". So yeah... I'm going to cut them dead
 
 
 
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