WOW Word-Of-the-Week #348: Ambitious

April 5, 2011 by  

Ambitious – having a strong desire for success or achievement.

Parade Magazine featured a story on Ashton Kutcher titled, “I’m Still Looking For Trouble” and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how mature and driven he is. I also loved that he was willing to be so vulnerable in sharing his thoughts.

Ashton & Demi

“The real trick is putting yourself around people you admire,” he says. “That’s why I married my wife. I locked in the brightest light in the room. My wife and I have an agreement in our marriage, and part of that contract is that we are going to shine our lights on each other.”

“I’m ambitious,” he declares with no apologies. “I try to make it look like it’s not work – that’s the biggest key. I’ve got it pretty good. There’s no sense in making life seem like it’s a struggle, because that doesn’t make anybody feel better.”

“If you stop working at a career, it goes away. When things are good, that’s when you have to work harder, because otherwise it will disappear. And if you don’t work toward it, you’re not really appreciating what you’ve got.”

“I’m still disruptive. I’m still doing some things that other people don’t like. I don’t have anything that’s too sacred to make fun of. The truth is that I’m an idiot. I don’t do things by the rules sometimes. I say things that I probably shouldn’t say. I push buttons. I deserve to be made fun of. And I feel like, as soon as you can make fun of something, it instantly removes the fear.”

Can you see why I liked like this article on Ashton? He is ambitious, driven, successful and playful! This week’s focus is on being ambitious. Do you have a strong desire for success or achievement? If so, what is it? When things are going good do you work harder? Do you really appreciate what you’ve got?

Reader Responses

“Ambition comes from something within. Maybe it is a desire to be the best at what we do for a living. Maybe it is to be the best father. And I certainly strive to do that every day. Maybe it is to be a billionaire. I think we all have some ambition that drives us; what is different are the things for which we strive. In addition to being a good husband and father, I have always wanted to do well by others with my natural talents and abilities. Using my talents for the benefit of others is the best use of them. By putting the good out to others, I will receive so many positive things in return in my life I will probably never be able to fathom it. When I was half my present age, I strived for more professional goals. Some of those have changed over the years, but we adapt to the vicissitudes of life and move on. Frankly, our ambition should be to live a happy life. Great word, Susan. Thank you. Have a great weekend.” – “Warrior” Joe