What's In A Word
noun: ambition; plural noun: ambitions
a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.
aspiration, intention, goal, aim, objective, object, purpose, intent, plan, scheme, mission, calling, vocation, desire, wish, design, target, end, dream, hope
desire and determination to achieve success.
noun: success; plural noun: successes
the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
favorable outcome, successfulness, favorable result, successful outcome, positive result, victory, triumph
the attainment of popularity or profit.
"the success of his play"
prosperity, prosperousness, successfulness, affluence, wealth, riches, fortune, opulence, luxury, comfort, life of ease, the good life, milk and honey
"the modern-day trappings of success"
a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.
"I must make a success of my business"
triumph, bestseller, box-office success, sellout, coup, master stroke; More
informal; hit, box-office hit, smash hit, smash, crowd-puller, winner, knockout, sensation, wow, biggie
"a West End musical success"
Remembering back to my time spent in school, that of being an average, or less so, student, I recall teachers telling me I lacked ambition. If only they knew what I was doing, I think they may have retracted those words, for my intent was simply to pass with the least amount of effort possible. As it turned out my goal was accomplished quite successfully, actually more so than had I planned, as I graduated somewhere near the middle in a class of about 550 students.
As life moved forward my ambitions increased somewhat in that I wanted to be happy, something which was not the case in school when considering teachers being on my ass to try harder or some peers treating me as inferior to themselves and me thinking they may be correct.
Well, long story cut short, I've achieved one of my objectives with the assistance of my long time husband, some cherished acquaintances, and a few changes in perspective, in that we've raised and sent into the world. to live among you, two fairly well adjusted daughters, who in turn have or are in the process of rearing six grandsons.
Currently, as I sit here in front of this screen, my ambition is to produce something of value to others who may read these words, which is:
Don't let others determine your definition of ambition nor success, for only you have this right. And if your aim is to be at peace with what you have accomplished, then you are also the only person responsible for that as well.
Did I reach the purpose of writing this?, Well, you must answer that for yourself.
So, do you feel you're successful thus far? If not, I suggest you become more ambitious.
However, keep in mind the number of rich or famous people, who were considered successful, that took their own life.
314 words, 165 unique
*Does not include those used in the definitions.