Mar 26, 2018 • 19M

TDL126 In Defence Of The Unambitious

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Larry G. Maguire
The Sunday Letters Podcast is the weekly audio newsletter from organisational psychologist Larry Maguire on the meaning & purpose of daily work and our paradoxical relationship with it. We explore how we may break free from tiresome means-to-an-end labour and take command of their own working lives. Topics include solo working, careers, entrepreneurship, small business economics, society and culture. Content follows the written newsletter, which goes out to subscribers every Sunday.
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Comments - I had a distinct lack of ambition when I was a teenager. Apart from playing football, I had no stand-out desire that I can remember. There was no “I want to be this” occupying my mind. I was just doing whatever came to me and wasn’t getting too hung up on results. Like all kids, I had talent in particular areas, but nothing felt missing so much that I was driven to pursue it. I didn’t feel an emotional vacuum that needed to be filled (however, that would change). I say vacuum because, if we were truthful, we’d admit we form our ambition through the idea that something is missing or that we need to gain approval. Or perhaps in our inability to see it, we are therefore not in a position to admit it. Maybe in admitting it, there is the fear we’ll lose our drive to succeed and in that we cease to exist. This powerful state of mind can set us up for many difficulties given that we put ourselves in a place of less than what we should be from the st --- Send in a voice message: