You Can’t Learn Ambition

Philosophical Quotes on Life

These days, it seems that the trend is for everyone to go to college.  Or it seems that every parent is walking around talking about how smart their child is because he knows how to manuever around a tablet.  Or we’re reading self-help books because they will make us more successful.  And I will be the first to tell you all that none of that will make you successful.  Without drive, you can have the highest IQ and end up flipping burgers for the rest of your life.  And I almost said “No offense to burger flippers,” but I’m not going to say that only because “No offense” is often said with an aire of consent.  But, in this day and age in a nation with so much opportunity, aspiring to flip burgers forever is selling yourself short.  You can start there if need be.  But if you’re truly passionate about food, aspire to be a chef.  Or if you’re passionate about waste management, work to be a director of operations for a company dealing in that.  You can asprire to be great in any arena but it takes more than intelligence.  That determination has to go hand in hand.  And, believe me, it’s easier to buy a book than it is to read and apply it.  In other words, it’s easier to look smart than to actually put those smarts to work.

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