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Help me develop a sense of ambition.

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? [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on Mar 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Does everyone in the world want to write, or is it only Americans?

Between the writers' conferences, workshops, organizations, academic degrees, web sites, online fora, regional groups, and how-to books that seem to fill this country, it appears that every third American more or less seriously wants to be a writer. (UK seems to have a bit of the fever as well.) Is the same obsession at play elsewhere, that is, in the non-English speaking world? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

CareerStarterFilter: What kind of goals can I set as I begin working?

What kind of goals do you suggest setting for someone starting his or her work life? Both concrete goals for the job and general motivations for earning money [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jun 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Can the grass truly be greener somewhere else?

I'll try to be as brief and succinct as I can. Please bear with me. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

help me motivate myself and my SO

how to deal with differing levels of ambition and motivation in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Don't just sit there. DO something!

So, you know that "career" thing people have? I managed to spend 2012 without one. The timeout was enlightening, but now I'm itching to move on to a brand new phase. Um, how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How to achieve my ambitions?

I feel stuck in an unfulfilling job which I am not progressing in. Leading to unhappiness and questioning my overall state of mind. What should I do? Warning: a lot of detail inside. [more inside]
posted by happiness01 on Oct 21, 2012 - 3 answers

not spreading yourself too thin

I'm overambitious. I spread myself too thin and it's crazy-making. Now what? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Ambition v. Overambition

What separates "ambitious" from "overambitious?" [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Jul 8, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I avoid self-sabotage and turn this internship into a career?

I just landed a dream internship (part time, unpaid) that will probably last about 6-8 months. Please help me avoid self sabotage so I can turn it into a job/career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me get out of this steel cage

I don't have ambition. How do I get it? Any stories to share? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me find a big, scary, exciting and rewarding project or challenge to take on!

Two years ago I started doing stand-up comedy, which took me very far from my comfort zone and was hard work but was hugely rewarding. One year ago I took a one-way flight to Thailand to start a solo backpacking trip, something I'd always wanted to do but which terrified me - this was also hard work but fantastic and life-affirming. These were both huge things for me. I want to begin something similarly big/difficult/scary/rewarding/exciting/life-affirming this year that will live up to those first 2 years, but what? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Dec 27, 2011 - 18 answers

How do you keep unusually focused and productive?

Motivation Filter: How to be obsessed (in a healthy way) with the work that you do and love. [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Nov 18, 2011 - 5 answers

I Feel So Average

I feel so average and uninteresting. What can I do to remedy this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Gracefully handling more power at work - tips?

I am becoming more "powerful" at work even though my job title is remaining the same, and I'd like some ideas on how to handle the change gracefully and maintain good relationships with my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Ambition and the unambitious fiancé

On ambition and potential married bliss... or hell... [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Feb 28, 2011 - 66 answers

What careers might someone who's interested in interiewing people, fixing the world and making money look into?

Figuring out a career path: I'm an undergrad student who has a passion for interviewing people and getting their stories. I also want my carer to help make the world a better place and feel that I would be happiest if I could see my impact directly. What careers or jobs might I look into? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Sep 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Scared to tell BF about my career ambitions

I'm scared to tell BF about my career ambitions. In short, I am terrified of having to eventually (as in, within the next 2-5 months) reveal to my boyfriend what my career ambitions are. Much of this is related to his family and my lack of self-confidence / significant fear of failure. How would you tell him? How would you react? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Jun 12, 2010 - 38 answers

Help me get un-stuck?

I feel stuck. Here's the facts as I understand them (insert usual apology for length of personal issues/relationships-type post and redundancy of "what do I do with my life" question here). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 10 answers

I am not acting type A anymore. This bothers me. Is it a problem?

Has anyone taken an extended break of from ambition and life? Was this a good thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me be less ambitious.

Help me be figure out the proper level of ambition. I am in my second year out of law school. I have a year of big firm practice under my belt and am halfway through a one-year federal clerkship. It's about time for me to start (thinking about) looking for a post-clerkship job and I am torn between prioritizing prestige or my personal/family life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 23 answers

The Best Way to Get Work Done

I have some ideas I want to bring to fruition. Is it best to focus on each one at a time until I either complete it or go as far as I can go with it? Or is it better to schedule my time so I work on each of them a little each day and move them all forward at once?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me plan to build a boat

Help me think about and plan boat building. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 20, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I follow my dreams without upsetting my parents?

How can I follow my dreams without upsetting my parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2009 - 31 answers

Age difference coming to a head?

I'm struggling to cope with my older boyfriend... I'm 21 and he's 36. He jokes that we are both "really" 27. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Jun 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I keep trying to motivate my partner, career-wise?

Should I continue trying to motivate my partner, ambition-wise? Should I try harder to encourage him / accept him for who he is, or is this a sign our values are just too different? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Sep 4, 2008 - 15 answers

How can I use my law degree and still like my life?

I'm getting a law degree but I hate being adversarial. Any ideas for something fun to do with this degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2008 - 22 answers

How can a "lazy" person develop successful work habits?

How can a self-described "lazy" person develop really effective and successful long-term work habits? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Jun 3, 2008 - 22 answers

Smallish cities and ambition - can it happen?

Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on May 29, 2008 - 53 answers

Ambition vs. Altruism

Ambition vs. Altruism: How do you know if you are going "too far" in terms of self-interest or self-sacrifice? [more inside]
posted by uxo on May 8, 2008 - 22 answers

How can I become the equivalent of a tenured professor...by next year or so?

What is the (probably software related) job that I want called, and how can I get that job now rather than later? Obscenely lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2007 - 24 answers

How do I lose my sense of entitlement?

How do I lose my sense of entitlement? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on May 18, 2007 - 26 answers

Should I stay with my girlfriend?

Is it a bad idea for me to stay with my girlfriend if I see no marriage potential for our relationship? For the record, we're both in our 30's and we've been together for about half a year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2007 - 23 answers

Help me find some goals.

Help me get out of a rut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2006 - 13 answers

Ergo sumbitch

I unwisely coasted through college, and here I sit, one year later, Communication degree and 2.8 GPA, grinding it out from menial job to menial job. I'm not here to make excuses, but rather to make up for past mistakes, as I finally discovered that inner drive that's pushing for me to pursue a career in Law. Other than acing the LSATs and getting some law firm internships under my belt, what other sorts of steps can I take to buffer my standing before applying to Law school?
posted by Mach3avelli on Dec 6, 2005 - 16 answers

What motivated Bill Gates?

What motivated Bill Gates?
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 23, 2005 - 19 answers

How to stay mentally focused

Suggestions for getting and staying mentally focused? [mi] [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Jun 30, 2004 - 11 answers

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