Ambition Essay

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Ambition is a drive toward ones goals. There are great goals and there are dire goals. During one's quest toward their goals a person is met at the same time with one's highest suffering and one's highest hope .These goals are subject to the individual, which makes every ambition different and unique. The main idea of ambition is the drive toward what you wish to achieve, gain, become. It is characterized by your hopes and dreams, outlining the person you wish to become, your concept of a better self. All of us have a concept of a person that we wish to become. This person which we aspire to become best satisfies our concept of the best person we can possibly be. This person may be good or evil, strong body or strong mind. Whatever the case is, this desired state is reflective of what we value as important to us. It is defined by our hopes and dreams. Our ambitions let us bring our dreams to the reality. For example in the novel, The Great Gatsby by S. Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby's drive is Daisy. Because of her he becomes very wealthy, prosperous, and famous. Also one of the examples would be Wendell Kim, former pitcher for Giants and present manager of Indianapolis baseball league. He is the shortest pitcher there ever was in baseball, under 5.5". He never gave up in his quest. Nobody wanted to take him for the try outs, but he was persistent. He got into try outsfor the Giants and he was the only one who passed. Another person with the great ambition is Rev. Al Sharpton, present "Martin Luther King Jr." At one point he was a little boy with a great goal, and now because of his ambition he became a great orator and leader. He has thousands supporters. He reached his dream, because of his strong ambition. Also there is Lea Ann Parsley, present firefighter and pro solo sledder. Because of her blazing ambition she saved two people's lives and might represent the U.S. in the solo sledding event called skeleton on the Olympics. Also James Ellroy is a good example of how an ambition can turn your life upside down. "THE RUGGED ODYSSEY that has taken James Ellroy from a life on the streets to increasing prominence as a bestselling writer is, in part, the story of persistence and powerful concentration." In most part an ambition is a good thing, but unfortunately sometimes it becomes the cause of a lot of deaths. "WAR has only one cause, and it is not twentieth century nationalism, nor is it national identity. The cause of all conflict is ambition, and of war a single variety of ambition, examined in detail below. In brief, ambition is a sufficient condition for an outbreak of leadership to occur. Absent leadership, no conflict and no war can ever start."In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F.S. Fitzgerald, Daisy is Jay Gatsby's drive. He met her in the "beginning" of his life, when he was a regular soldier from a middle class family. From the moment he met her, she became his ambition. He conquered the "world" for her. He became wealthy, prosperous, and...

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