What Is The Difference Between Blind Ambition And Ambition?
Updated December 03, 2019
Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
Ambition can be a good thing, but like anything, it has its downsides. It can help you achieve your goals and create the life you want to live, but you need to watch out for something called "blind ambition." When you set goals and then work to achieve them, it's important to make sure your life is balanced. Work is essential, but you need to also make time for family, friends, and yourself. In this article, we'll talk about the difference between ambition and blind ambition, so you can work toward success in a healthy way.
What Is Ambition?
Ambition drives you toward success. It is the desire to achieve a goal that requires work, focus, and determination. Without ambition, there is no aspiration to achieve, so your dreams will never get off the ground. On the road to success, ambition helps you through the rough patches and keeps you focused on the goal ahead.
If you strive to achieve power, fame, wealth, or honor, people are likely to consider you ambitious. It takes a bit more than want or need to take on an ambitious goal, and for many people, the word "ambition" has a broader meaning. Ambition is also about desire, energy, and focused will. When someone is ambitious, they do whatever it takes to achieve.
What Is Blind Ambition?
"Sometimes, our highest goal becomes our big enemy when we move towards our goal blindly without focusing on the path we follow." -Durgesh Satpathy
If ambition is desire, drive, and focus, then blind ambition is blind desire, drive, and focus. But what does that mean? As individuals strive to succeed, there are many times when their desire to achieve may override their sense of right and wrong. For example, someone with blind ambition may turn a blind eye to deceit or they might stop taking care of themselves to reach a goal. That's why those who work toward a goal with blind ambition can be their own worst enemy.
When you're working toward achieving your goals, life is full of choices, and you must make choices that will bring you closer to your goal. To succeed and achieve your dreams on your terms, it's important to keep your eyes open and your head clear. However, blind ambition is desire without direction, clarity, and preparation. It can create confusion, supports bad choices, and makes the whole process of achieving nothing but an exercise in irrational behavior.
Life, Love, and the Pursuit
Blind ambition has no place in a happy, well-balanced life. When you live life to the fullest, you enjoy the road to success, and when you have healthy, happy relationships, you make good choices for yourself and your loved ones. It's important to get where you're going, but life is not only about the end goal; it's also about the pursuit.
The pursuit of achievement is not separate from the pursuit of love and happiness. Life is not only about obtaining our dreams and desires, but it is also about learning and wisdom. When you chase your dreams and focus on nothing but the goal, you miss experiences that make life worth living.
Furthermore, chasing your dreams and achieving your life goals requires more than stamina, willpower, and inspiration; it also requires planning. It is not always possible to plan for every twist and turn that awaits you on the road to success, but it is possible to plan alternate routes and scenic diversions. Ambition is about desire, and desire will get you there. There is no need to rush through the trip wearing blinders. If you're blind to what's really happening, you won't enjoy the road to success, and you'll definitely make more mistakes on the way.
The Difference Between Ambition and Blind Ambition
The difference between ambition and blind ambition is all about how you get from point A to B. Everyone has life goals and dreams they want to fulfill; how you fulfill those desires is as important as reaching the goals themselves. Ambition is at the heart of every life journey, and there is a lot to learn as you work toward your goals. Blind ambition, on the other hand, is nothing but a wild race toward the result, regardless of the events and experiences along the way.
Ideally, your career and your dreams should bring you happiness. If chasing your ultimate goal makes you miserable, it's time for a change. Life is not about arbitrary achievements; it is about changing, learning, and making a difference in the world around you. The focus of healthy ambition should be on you and the lives you touch. Blind ambition makes it difficult to see those around you and to understand how you affect others or your impact on the world.
Moreover, blind ambition is not mentally or physically healthy. The choices you make when blinded by ambition affect more than just your financial situation or your position of power; they can make you sick because they cause stress. Stress is a killer. It may go undetected for years, putting you at risk for things like high blood pressure and heart attacks. Decisions to put your health on hold or put off a much-needed break are usually decisions made by blind ambition.
Ambition itself will not make you sick, but ignoring yourself and your needs will. That's when ambition becomes blind ambition. Sometimes talking to someone about your life goals and your ambition can help you make better decisions. There is always more than one way to get things done, and an outside perspective can shine a light on other options.
Blind ambition can make it difficult to see problems that need to be addressed and to understand just how destructive your choices can be to your life and the lives around you. However, it's never too late to change your path to success. Even small changes can make a big difference.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, ambition is a good thing-it is the desire to succeed. Blind ambition, on the other hand, is the desire to succeed without regard for others and ultimately without regard for yourself. How do you avoid it? Find balance. Understand the progress you want to make and stay focused, but know that everything doesn't have to be about your goals. It's okay to take a break or make time for you and your loved ones.
If you're struggling to find this balance or if you have tough decisions to make, it can be helpful to seek advice. For example, you know moving to a new city will give you a leg up on the competition at work, but that move may negatively affect your family. How do you make a healthy decision? Either decision could be right for you, but you may want to consult a therapist if you're not sure. Sometimes an outside perspective makes all the difference.
More Solutions to Reach Your Goals
If you're ambitious (or trying to be), there are a number of tools that can support you.
- Keeping a journal is a great way to organize your thoughts. You can make checklists, wish lists, or whatever works for you. Additionally, you can review what you wrote about previous goals to draw inspiration for the future.
- Download a goal-setting app like Monday. Using an app like this can reduce stress and help you hold yourself accountable.
- Practice meditation. Cultivating self-awareness will help you set the right goals. Additionally, when things get stressful, meditation can help you calm any anxiety that arises.
- Seek Help. If you're concerned about blind ambition, it's okay to ask for support. Therapists and counselors don't only work with people who have mental disorders; they can also guide you through the twists and turns of life. If you want to make a change but are not sure where to start, talk therapy can help.
A life coach is another type of specialist who can help you plan for success. If you are not sure how to make the changes you need to make or if you're beginning to work on a plan to reach your goals, you may want to work with a life coach. What's a life coach? A life coach is trained to counsel others on planning for careers and personal challenges. There are many professional therapists who specialize in life coaching or occupational therapy. If you've tried to make changes on your own and keep ending up in the same place, this type of therapy may be right for you. You may also want to consider online therapy with a platform like BetterHelp. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from people experiencing different issues related to ambition.
"Sabrina is so helpful! She always listens and is able to offer advice and support. I mainly enjoy talking to her to work through things I don't feel comfortable talking about necessarily with known people in my life. I highly recommend chatting with her if you need that little extra push or support to chase your dreams and feel confident. I also really enjoy the weekly inspiration as it gets me motivated and ready for the week ahead!"
"Terri Sawyer has helped me through so much. She supports me in all of my ambitions, supports my goals, and also helps me to set reasonable goals each week. I couldn't ask for a better counselor!"
Ambition can empower you to achieve your goals in a healthy way, but blind ambition can have negative consequences. If you're struggling on the path to reach your goals, you deserve support. Take the first step today.