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What is Ambition?
State of being vs. state of doing.
Are you ambitious? It's the dream we have of having a better more fulfilling life. The innate drive to create and do things beyond the norm. It pulls us out of our comfort complacent zone into a zone of achievement. It's also our collective drive to build and create new things that propel us due to necessity.
We, unfortunately, took it too far. We did it to protect ourselves and were motivated by our need to survive at the expense of being human.
We don’t need to dial it up to 11 for everything. With due respect to Spinal Tap. We are pushing harder, every day. For a goal with a void. An endless end. We constantly do… produce… accumulate. Productivity has never been higher.
We now have AI developed to automate and increase our productivity even more to such a point humans will not be needed at all. What should we be doing if the robots do everything?
Our fear of AI has not stemmed from the potential to replace human jobs. It is instead making us look at ourselves for having jobs that robots can easily replace. It's making us question what we CAN do with our lives. Something AI would never do. The human experience.
What is the point of it all?
Our sense of value has been hijacked by a system that assesses, grows, and rewards production and material accumulation. We have systematically externalized our value in the physical world. The result - even humans are too slow to meet the demands of “growth”.
We have experienced this in the past and are still living in the perilous pursuit of external validation.
Having ambition is amazing. However, we forget that love, peace, and joy are also ambitions. Ambition doesn't mean hard suffering towards a goal in the hopes the end will be more rewarding when you realize there is no end. There is only now. We are awakening to find a journey where ambition can be a rewarding joyous experience carrying you towards your ambition. Take the longer slower path, enjoy the view, and you will get there. We can live in a joyful world that is built toward the human experience.
Old definition of ambition: DOing with external validation, producing as much as possible regardless of love, peace, or joy.
Optimized for profit as it’s often the major motivation.
Shortest cut to wealth.
Harmful to the planet, health, and our sense of living.
New definition of ambition: BEing with internal value centered on the human experience. Living the good life that benefits all of humanity.
People, organizations, and even companies driven by sustainable harmonious, and joyful living. Companies can STILL be profitable!
Scenic route to wealth.
What’s the rush anyway?
Note: I created the audio transcription for this post with ElevenLabs using a deep British voice. What do you think of the AI audio that was generated for this post?