am·bi·tion/amˈbiSH(ə)n/noun1. a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.2. desire and determination to achieve success.
Though not always, the context in which people frequently refer to ambition sometimes gets a bit of a negative tone. It’s not inherently a “bad” word or descriptor, but it seems that to be ambitious these days also translates to “cutthroat”, “selfish”, “cold”, or some other way to essentially say that the person put all good aside in the process to get where they are.
I would like to see ambition come back into fashion in a positive way. Instead of assuming someone’s ambition will be a stumbling block or means to losing all their values/beliefs; instead, let us see their willingness to work hard, persevere and remain focused. Just because a person has many, or BIG, dreams that does not mean that they will sacrifice all the people and personal values they hold dear to get there. There are ways to be driven and ambitious without letting it over run your life and throw the balance off, in any area.
Having goals, or seeking (personal) success, in whatever form that takes, should not be looked down upon or personally diminished. You have every right to pursue the things that light you up, with passion, zeal and enthusiasm! Go forth and do great things, un-bothered by anyone else’s opinion of the matter.