Help me develop a sense of ambition.
March 28, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
I have a good job and feel like I am on par with most of my peers in terms of current seniority and wage-level, but I don't feel the burning passion to progress much further in my career. How can I change this?
posted by sockandawe to Work & Money (18 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Hi Mefites. I am a mid-level office worker with no management responsibilities. I get really positive feedback from my manager, and I like what I do: a lot of research and bid-writing and not really needing to attend too many meetings or really interact with a lot of people. The pay's fine and finances my lifestyle adequately, and I have manageable debt and even some savings.
My question is why I can't develop the desire to do even better for myself than "good" or "adequate". I have no strong desire to go up a level to managerial. I don't want to manage people - it looks really difficult - or to become higher-powered than I am. Watching my boss at work attending lots of stressful meetings with the Board and negotiating delicate relationships with important people makes me fervently grateful I don't have her job.
I'm 31 and fairly happy with where I am at the moment, but I know that I can't stay at this level till the time I retire. At some point I need to develop the desire to become a manager or a Head. That is the accepted career path in my profession. How can I develop that ambition when really, it just looks like a nightmare to me?
(I think I just have a larger problem with ambition in general. I have written for many years and have amassed a pretty large 'portfolio' if I can call it that, but I feel absolutely no desire to try to publish anything I've written (I don't really want people I know to read my work and judge me). One person I know who also writes (and has had short stories published) told me that this amounted to 'literary masturbation' which... Yeah.)