Ambition Is Crafted
This is the first Guest Post in this IMT community. Tapha got my attention as he has an online business creating iPhone App template. I am always amazed how others have courage and motivation to continue working on their business online. While I am hit by penguin and re-working on my online niche empire, let’s get some motivation charge together.
Have you ever looked at a high achieving individual and wondered how they had so much motivation to do what they do? Wondered why they have this ridiculous drive to achieve that could not matched by you? Or more importantly, wondered if you would ever have such a high level of motivation to do what you want to do?
Most people think that people of high motivation are born with it and have always had it. This is furthered by the fact that most of these people themselves tell others that they have always had their motivations.
I don’t believe this to be the case.
I think that ambition is something that you can create, craft and grow to be something that resembles the drive of the high performers. I think that ambition is a muscle that can grow. And i don’t think that its out of reach for anyone. To illustrate this point, i’ll share a short story (true) from my childhood:
I remember when i first decided that i wanted to be an entrepreneur. It was a tiny little pinch of a feeling, that made me think to myself, ‘i want to make some money’. There was no big revelation or overwhelming desire. Just a small, harmless pinch of a feeling. It was on my desk in North West London, as i wrote up my plan to sell name tags in my high school playground, the following day.
I was 11 years old (High school here, starts a 11) and at first i didn’t know how i was going to get the name tags printed. But i kept my eyes peeled. Eventually i found what i needed. I was with my Mom, shopping at a Staples store, when i stumbled across the Dymo Embosser. It was a simple, small, but very effective gadget that printed indented name tags onto small, 3d label tapes. I looked up at my mom and asked her if she would buy it for me. Having no idea what an 11 year old would want to do with such a gadget, she obliged. She probably thought that i wanted to make a pencil case label or something.
The initial pinch started to grow.
The next day as i made my way to class, i met up with two of my closer friends at the time. I told them about my plans and asked them if they would help me out for a cut of the profits (i sold each name tag for 10p). They agreed.
The next day i brought in the Dymo. Loaded with 3D label tape and along with my two friends, we started on the task of winning customers. We asked people everywhere. On the playground, in the classroom and even on the way home. People loved it. The pinch started to become a little more intense. And it grew with intensity with every person that replied to our question of whether they’d be interested, with a yes.
Within a week we had sold over £10 worth of name tags. Remember that this is a product priced at 10p, so we sold quite a few. I was ecstatic. But i wanted more. I could feel the pinch turning into a tight grip.
I decided to double up my efforts and purchase another Dymo. I also went around asking other friends if they would join my entrepreneurial enterprise. I was seriously pumped at this point.
Unfortunately, this time around, we barely made a cent. We had pretty much saturated the market. Which consisted of a whole 1000 students in my high school playground.
I decided to let the business go.
Everybody else that was involved went back to their normal lunch time routines, no longer interested in pestering their fellow students about ‘the unique name tags they could put on their pencil cases for just 10p’.
I did not.
Something in me had changed. The tiny, innocent pinch that i had felt when i first got that inkling of idea, backed with a sliver of desire for money, had transformed into a permenant clutch. Infinite in its intensity. I was never the same after that. That desire slowly pushed me towards that first purchase of the Dymo, which led me to action that only further increased my desire. Crafting it, with every action.
The little flicker of ambition that i had when i started, became a roaring flame and that has only grown in intensity, to this day.
And it is still growing.
Do you think Ambition is important in your journey? Do you have any stories to share with us?
Let us know in the comments!