Ambition v. Overambition
July 8, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
What separates "ambitious" from "overambitious?"
posted by lobbyist to Human Relations (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I’m a college student; I’m surrounded by ambitious people; I definitely consider myself to be an ambitious person.
I’ve recently started to question, though not necessarily with respect to myself or my future goals, what separates an "ambitious" person from an "overly ambitious" person.
For example, are "overly ambitious" people those who want to achieve certain goals, despite the fact that the odds of achieving those goals are almost non-existent (e.g. "Someday, I want to be President!")?
Or, contrarily, is someone "overly ambitious" because the goal they want to achieve requires an aptitude above and beyond their personal competence?
I’m sorry if this question seems somewhat abstract. Examples that demonstrate ambition/overambition are fine; but what I really want to know is why you think someone is ambitious versus overambitious.
Thank you MeFi!