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Ambition

Ambition!

In my book it is just as importantAmbition

As a formal education.

For the majority of my years,

Many have thought I didn’t have one.

Without a doubt, they were wrong.

Or simply put, they just didn’t understand.

Ambition requires that you have determination,

And tenacity is an ideal function.

Life has it’s ups and down. By all means

Tell yourself,

Adversity will not beat me down.

With that in mind,

We all want something out of life. But

Don’t forget

Ambition will generate respect.

And with your true self you should stay connect.

In that case,

You don’t have to wait until you are perfect,

Perfect to act.

Because on your life,

Your desire should be to make an impact.

I hope by now you have told adversity

To take a hike.

Because your focus should be on making a better life.

Applying yourself can be hardwork

And I don’t want you to get me wrong,

I am not saying that you should overwork.

I hope you will stay strong.

Then you too will have your time to sing your song.

My words to you,

“AMBITION is just as important as a formal education.”

Ambition-Conversations with My Grandfather

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” ~Salvador Dali

DSCF0651The man who made his first trip to the United States back in the 1940’s is a great example of a man with AMBITION. My grandfather Percival Cross. He is 90 years old and for some months now and every time I visit him, no matter what we talk about the word ambition is always mentioned. Well, today was another day that he reminded me about the importance of having ambition in which he commended me on my new job that I start in a few weeks. However, I want to share with you more about my grandfather. A man who only had four (4) years of formal schooling and did extremely well for himself.

My grandfather who started working for himself at the age of twelve, stated that he didn’t mind working because he gained the opportunity early to have things for himself. He is very independent, even at the age of ninety years old. He went on to say, sometimes he wishes he had more schooling so he could articulate himself better, especially in his earlier travels. However, just by listening to him today I realized that making life better for himself wasn’t too far fetched due to his impeccable ambition. He reminds me also to stay focused on whatever
shipI am working towards and to never take an opportunity lightly. He knows exactly what he’s talking about, as he himself took the chance to travel in 1945 on a ship to the United States from Jamaica, even without knowing what exactly to expect. But being optimistic even up to this moment was expecting the best to come out of coming to the United States. He also shared with me that not all of his encounters were desirable and not on all occasions did he turn the other cheek, but that didn’t stop him from accomplishing what he wanted to accomplish.

He supplemented his lack of schooling with ambition. Ambition is a strong desire  to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. His determination and hard work paid off extremely well for him as he continues to live comfortably in retirement in his own home today. “Grampa” is what I say when I’m talking to him. He has a mind that is sharp as a pin and will tell you that he taught himself most of the things he knows. He is an avid reader of the Bible and has read it from cover to cover more than once. He does puzzles daily because he says they help to keep his memory sharp.

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But it was his ambition that helped him to make the best out of life. He said to me that it is easier today to make it, and of course he’s right as it really boils down to our level of ambition. It was Jim Rohn who said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” I don’t know if my grandfather is familiar with that quote, but he is a great example of it.

I am imploring upon you to take this quote seriously that Jim Rohn shared with us all:

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

My grandfather is a perfect example just like many others who have taken what most would classify as adversity and turned it into opportunity. You too can take what you have to make what you want. It’s never too late, because your best days are ahead of you!