It is in my opinion that we should all have some goals in our lives. Something to aspire to, and something to live for. When done correctly, advancement in your career choice could essentially inspire others to be something greater than themselves. However, when done incorrectly, advancement will make you the target to some really ugly emotions. I know you must be questioning if there really is a negative side to ambition and advancement. Well there is.
Before diving into the negative, let’s start with some positive thoughts on ambition and advancement. Ambition will definitely be the driving force to your life’s work. In fact, it will define your career if you are passionate in your vocation. It has been in my experience that hard work and dedication speaks volumes of the employee. Advancement gives way to significant pay raises while at work, and allows you to gain status. However, this should not be the only thing influencing your decision to advance.
While ambition and advancement in the work place are great tools to have, they may also cause some unforeseen problems. When most people advance in their vocation, they lose sight of humility. They become egocentric, and self involved. Their ambition and advancement become primary goals. The betterment of the team becomes cloudy with every bit of success earned. This causes resistance among the team, with increased passive aggressive behavior. Individuals who have been very outspoken with their ambition and advancement also are met with envy, and disdain.
Successful implementation of ambition and advancement should be considered. These are just a few of my suggestions:
I truly wish the all the success that your life has to offer. This is in itself is one of the reasons why I decided to publish this article. Done correctly, advancement does have its benefits. In a world in which materialistic possessions trump anything of value, it is important to remember that things that cannot be bought have the highest quality. I wish you all best on your journey to success and advancement. Whatever it may be.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.