The Cost of Ambition

Ambition is one of the strongest emotions a person could ever have. It is that burning feeling inside your chest telling you that you really WANT to do what it is you are thinking about. It is something you think about everyday more than anything else. This is truly a great feeling, whether you are trying to make a change in people’s lives or working to reach a goal, or both. While all these things are great, it come with a temporary price. Lets find out what they are…..

Late nights, early mornings.

late nights early mornings

Having less sleep during the night and being on the grind literally the whole day is one of the most obvious things someone would inevitably encounter. Sometimes you won’t even sleep ( but thats rare) as you need to sleep. That intense feeling of wanting to get a particular thing is stronger than wanting to sleep early. And when you wake up the next morning, you would start the day immediately wanting to do the something. And this would happen for quite sometime (not everyday though). There is a quote that says “If you want success as much as you want to breathe, then you would be successful.

A lot of people, especially in the beginning, don’t realize how much time they would have to put in order to be successful. You would need to sacrifice some of your sleep time and use that same time to grind your butt off. If you are not willing to do this, then it would be pretty unlikely that you will not be successful, and this is for the people that don’t have much time already. A lot of people complain that they have to put so much time and on top of that they wonder if its going to work for them. Listen, As long as you put in the time and effort into what you want to do, you WILL be successful.

People get discouraged when they find out that it takes a lot of time to become successful at what they want to, and in life in general. So many people think that there is overnight success and that they are going to achieve that right away. Achieving success overnight is a myth, it doesn’t happen and it never will. Un top of that, they have the nerve to say what ever they did doesn’t work. But if you have a a strong ambition to do big things, then by all means go ahead and grind your butt off, it won’t be easy, but it would sure be worth it!

You would be misunderstood


This is one of the most annoying things that a person would encounter eventually, or even straight away. You are going to have naysayers and people that would tell you that you are not good enough. Let me tell you one thing, don’t listen to them! Not to be mean but if someone tells you that you can’t do something, just tell them thats why they are in that position anyway. The reason why they would tell you this is because they didn’t take the necessary actions and due diligence to after their dreams, so they think that you won’t be able to achieve yours. Sometimes their beliefs plays a big factor on what are their attitudes . Some of these people would tell you intentionally that you can’t do it, so they could put you down.

These are the worst kind of people and there are so many of them out there. In fact there are more of these people out there than positive ones. These people are going to look for ways to stop you from achieving your dreams. They would even give you reasons why that it won’t work, and in some cases would show you evidence that it won’t work. Perhaps the evidence would be from people who didn’t put the time and effort in to doing what they did, and they decided to quit and so they failed.

You might even tell him/her that the reason why they quit and failed was because they didn’t do the necessary things to become successful (which is true), but that same person would probably tell you to forget about doing it because since they failed, that you would fail too. Even worse, sometimes they might provide you with false evidence of someone failing that didn’t even happen, so watch out.

They would tell you that the work that you are doing is a waste of time and effort and that you are crazy to be doing that. As a matter of fact, he/she might tell you that you are so different from everyone else and may ask you why can you be like the rest of the people. When you get to that point of someone telling and asking you why that you are so different, you are on the right track my friend! Thats good, you do not want to be like everybody else (in a good way of course). You want to be extraordinary, while most people are partying all the the time, you are going to be working to make your self better, as well as your life.

Very few friends (at the beginning at least)


When you are putting your heart and soul into something that you few so strongly about. Or better yet, if you are doing something most people won’t do, you are going to have little people (in some cases none) on your side. This would in turn cause you to have very little friends. Because lets face it, most people that are your “friends” would not REALLY be your friends, they would just talk to you about different things and hangout with you. But when it comes to something that you want to do, they could “turn around” on you faster than a marry go round.

Remember you are the average of the 5 people you hangout with. So if you are a super ambitious person, it is not going to be easy to find people just like you. You need to hangout with people who are on ( or near ) your level of thinking. If they are not on your level of thinking, it is going to be very hard to become friends with them, let alone agree with each others dreams, goals, and desires. Now I am not saying go and ditch them and never see them again, what you can do is don’t tell them your real plans. I don’t care if you are not telling them the truth, is one person worth your dream?, definitely not.

Your purpose is FAR more important than anything else in your life (besides family), even relationships, yes thats right, because if you haven’t ¬†fulfilled yourself, you would never find true happiness. There have been a few people that I know that complain about how they thought that someone they were hanging out with was there friend, only to find out that he/she took advantage of them . You rather have very few REAL friends than a lot of people who are not worth your time. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! And also do not change yourself for other people. Just be you.


You would have to sacrifice some things


This is a pretty hefty cost of ambition. A lot of people are not willing to do this, and I believe that this is one of the leading causes of failure. One of the main reasons why you would have to sacrifice some things i because you would have to put in a lot of time and effort into what you want to do. You would have to sacrifice some time like hanging out with your friends, partying, going to concerts…you get my point. Now I am not saying give up these things entirely, just minimize your time doing these things (if you are doing them).

You still need to have some fun, maybe  you are not a party person, but you like to hangout with your friends, then do that, the time would come. Spend most of your time being productive and some of the time entertaining yourself. Now, like I said earlier the problem with this is that most people are willing to do this. They complain that it is going to take up too much of their time and that it is not worth it.

One VERY common excuse that I hear is that we are young and that we should save that time for later. When I hear this I cringe because the best time to start is when you are very young because these are the times when we have the most drive and ambition. People should use their young energy now to hustle. Another crazy excuse is that they are going to ‘wait until the “perfect moment”. Yes there are better times than others (ill be honest about that), but there is no such thing as the “perfect moment”. It doesn’t exist, there is going to be a point in time when you are just going to have to go for it.



  1. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    I think being ambitious and motivated is a very special gift to have. So many people today do not have that ambition in their life, they just do what they must to get by each and everyday.

    I do feel you need to find whatever is a healthy balance of work and play for you, everyone is different and for me my work is also my play and this might also be the same for others.

    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      Hey “lifebeginswithyourhealth”!

      Oh yes! Being ambitious and motivated is SUPER important. You would also need to have a purpose in your life, as that is the core for everything in your life. Getting by is not enough, you would have to be great, not the same like anyone else.

      Exactly! Life is all about balance you would need to balance your work time and your fun time, so you can keep feeling motivated and good. Everyone needs a break once in a while to recharge themselves. So peoples “work” is fun also, especially if its their passion. Unfortunately most people don’t have this luxury, or are not willing to achieve their dreams.

      Thank you for taking your time to read my article!:)


  2. JeffWA

    HI Omar,
    I agree with the second premise that you brought up about overly ambitious people. They can be not only annoying. But extremely egotistical and selfish as well. Too often they’re so into themselves that they can’t see the possible harm inflicted on others that they come into contact with.
    Usually I view those type of people as if I want nothing to do with them. I also, (at my age of close to 60 and seeing so much selfishness in the world) would not hesitate to tell that person off if he/she was so deserving and disrespectful of me.

    Okay so part of the problem with overly ambitious people is that their minds have often come so deluded with reaching a goal, no matter what cost, is many can’t see the forests from the trees.

    These people have often become so blinded by the need to achieve that “something” regarding a goal that they often have no idea how really they only end up hurting themselves.

    For a person to neglect the needs of his/her body, (such as sleep, proper dieting and exercise) is truly a sad statement to whatever is occurring in that person’s brain.
    We all have but one life on this Earth. Yes it is important to lead a successful life, one in which you also do good deeds for others as humanitarians.

    But for a person to become so delusional in his/her thoughts about becoming overly ambitious in wanting to attain a goal, (monetary, job, business opportunity) that he/she puts everything else, (including other people) ruthlessly on the backburner?

    I’d only ask if the person who fails in the end one question: Was it all worth it?

    That was a great article Omar! One that I know will generate a lot of thought in your readers. Hopefully it will also give pause to the “overly ambitious/annoying” individual allowing him/her to see what he/she really is as a human being.


    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      Hey Jeff!

      You are so right! Overly ambitious people can have such HUGE egos. These people look down on everyone else and thing that they are better than them.

      There are a lot of people out there that don’t care about anybody else but themselves. I’ll be straight up honest, these people are not worth your (or my) time.

      These people (in the long run) are gone go to far ahead of themselves and would not achieve much in life. The key is to stay humble and be a caring person, because if you give back you WOULD receive! Its called karma. If you can do that, everything in life would be great!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article!:)


  3. Gary

    You article, “The Cost of Ambition,” struck a note with me. I can also relate to the bottom photograph of the military HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jumpers. I was one in the 70s and 80s.

    In my experience, I’ve found that many people confuse a vague desire for more with ambition. They want to be rich but they don’t want to work for it or sacrifice for it. I only wish they realized how much they are sacrificing for their dead-end job.

    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      Hey Gary!

      Wow! What a coincidence. I cant believe you were one of those jumpers in the past. Was it for a particular war? and about ambitions, if a person is THAT ambitious to get rich, he would sacrifice a lot, because he has a great mindset. Most people don’t have a good mindset, that’s why they don work for it. They want success handed to them on a silver platter. Unfortunately for them, that is not the case. But at the same time they don’t want to work at a job, lol , like come on is either one or the other! They get up everyday of the week to do something they don’t like, but then they complain when they realize a legit opportunity takes time. Anything worth having in life requires work.



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