Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

So who here has....

ambition?

what is it for?


Im pretty much not ambitious at all, I never have been really and have tended to be pulled from job to job based on survival requirements or interest levels.

My partner OTOH is very ambitious. and has high...ambitions?...for her future career.


How about you? your partner?
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 14th, 2006
I am. My most difficult task is to finish my development tools which will allow me to support Linux and Windows with all kinds of programs in an easy way. Basically, my tools should be easier than 99% of the other tools on the market for what I do, and I won't have to worry about partnering with other companies UNLESS I find it interesting.

So far, I have accomplished 80% of my goals which have mainly been technical breakthroughs. Now I can create hundreds of GUI windows in an integrated way all in the same day, with support of main menus and whatnot. I have an initial support for Web programming using the same approach -- for instance, I created a calculator which ran seamlessly with the same code in 6 different environments (3 GUIs and 3 Webs). Now this calculator has become a "plugin" that I can use from my main Editor, which itself has been built with the tools. Just this past week I rewrote a DB Administrator and this Editor using the new APIs that I had created in the past months.

There is more. Lots more. But all that I have done is because I have "sinked my ship" when I reached a certain point in my life that I felt there was no "turning back" -- it became a "win-win" situation. All I can say is that I don't regret anything, but I hope things will lighten up in a week or so and I will start living again.
Permalink Lost in the jungle 
January 14th, 2006
Lost,

was this about you ??
http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?off.9.290319.9

Sorry about that :)
Permalink PNII 
January 14th, 2006
LOL. BTW, today I created a join of table rows with code. It was fun. It was even more fun when I found a code to do the "order by" that I had created some time ago -- things we can forget about. :-)
Permalink Lost in the jungle 
January 14th, 2006
My ambition is constantly at war with my fear of failure (success? change?) I suppose. I keep plugging along at the same old job forever (14 years!) because I am afraid of finding out that I am not good enough at anything to break through to the next level. I secretly have ambition in spades and pretend to think that I am supposed to be doing something "better", but I keep making excuses and continue to put my "talents" on the back burner. I truly excel at my boring job, but nobody really cares anyway. On a related note, it is 2:24am where I live and I just got back from hanging out with one of two women I'm crazy about who both have boyfriends, and I just shook hands with one of their boyfriends in the parking lot as he was just getting home from "a night with the guys" as I made my way to my car after cooking dinner with his girlfriend. ::sigh:: My poor mom.

::DISCLAIMER::

In true Sathayish form, I am rather drunk right now. I had best go to bed. Hopefully I won't be the butt of a Mark Warner parody in the morning, but I probably will.

How many Sathy tokens does the average ?off member get? At least I am not stalking anyone.

Apologies to JHC for venting in his thread. Off to bed for me!
Permalink bionicroach 
January 14th, 2006
My ambition, literally, comes from my family. There have been points in my life where I've felt very satisfied with my job, my income, and what I'd accomplished. Then my wife wants a bigger house, and then kids one and two come, both of which have to go to a daycare that has its own gourmet cook and all organic ingredients. Then we need to vacation... You get the idea.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
January 14th, 2006
my primary ambition is to overcome my lack of ambition. its a constant battle, i tell ya.

every morning, i have to fight the urge to stay in bed, especially on cold winter mornings when its oh so much more warmer under the covers.

sometimes things get really weird... like how i won't crack open a game i bought a month ago because i'm afraid of how much it'll consume my time. yet, i'm boring myself (and others) silly by making half-hearted posts such as this one.

in high school, i was in danger of not having high enough marks to go to a decent university. it took a sit down with teachers, a counsellor and my parents, where they suggested that i should consider going to a tech school instead, to get me mad enough to actually do my homework for once.

this illustrates who i am succinctly: the boy who is incapable of giving himself a sharp kick in the butt when he needs one most direly...

so, in short, no, i lack the ambition gene.
Permalink Kenny 
January 14th, 2006
I've always been extremely ambitious (I got a very early start in my career by sending resumes to jobs I shouldn't have been qualified for, and getting them). And of course starting business after business, etc... My partner on the other hand, would be perfectly happy with nothing more then the way things are currently, maybe throw a few more kids in the mix at most. She actually has gotten mad at the idea of owning a bigger house and nicer car etc... Personally I like it that way, my dad has an exteremly ambitious wife and she works him to the bone hehe.
Permalink Phil 
January 14th, 2006
I lack ambition. I used to have some, but life has demonstrated to me, that I will not find anything worthwhile no matter where I look.
I'm no happier with a lot of money than I am with a little. I am no happier in a relationship than I am alone. I am no happier in a suit. I am no happier backpacking in Asia, or in the Bahamas or in Morocco.

There is no happiness out there, its a mirage -all in the head. So, from my perspective, ambition is a close relative to delusion.
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 14th, 2006
Eric, you are right, ambition is a delusion.

...

I have a delusion: that one day people will stop telling me what to do.
Permalink sharkfish 
January 14th, 2006

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