Recently I've been having a bit of a think about the term ambition. I briefly touched on it a while ago in one of my Sunday posts; a brief comment on how we view the term alongside success and how, really, I'm not sure they're directly in correlation with one another. That to be successful, and most importantly happy- you don't have to be top of your career ladder. I'm in a fortunate position to be surrounded by both hugely ambitious women, and also women who are not necessarily work driven, but thriving and successful in their chosen careers too- which I think has been totally integral in striking a balance and developing a healthy work/life relationship that suits me.

I've read a few pieces online recently talking about success- whether that's earning more, settling or striving for the next tier, promotion or prestige around the corner. The one that actually inspired this was shared by my friend Jazmine, and was originally shared on Stylist online and hit the nail on the head in so many ways.

Working online, there's an unspoken pressure about living the to the best of the best- to the absolute top of your game whilst being a total #girlboss in the meantime. It's great feeling inspired- whether that be to book a holiday or try a new dinner on a Monday night- but it's okay to not want to try a new recipe and then strive for a restaurant opening the week after. Living a good life isn't just about earning a high salary, ticking off far flung destinations and buying nice things every week. For some people it might be, but that doesn't apply for everyone- and I think it's so important to recognise that- and know whether you strive for those things or not, it shouldn't dictate your level, or perception, of success.

And of course, it's making sure that it's coming from a place that makes you happy. The piece touched on the fact that admitting you're not overtly ambitious is fine, as long as 'you are not in truth shying away from challenges because of a lack of confidence'- which I equally think is incredibly important too. In a sense, I do think I've always struggled with ambition because I've never seen myself as capable. I've always felt that there's an essence of blag in what I do, where people have often said 'Oh! you've landed on your feet!' Which has always made me question my actual ability- and left me with a constant fear, or, that people expect me to have a solid five year plan in place (I don't yet, but I'm working on it).

Naturally, I finish this after reading an awe inspiring piece about Emily Weiss- one of the few people who spark an unrivalled sense of ambition in me. Knowing she first approached venture capitalists without a product or business plan but simply an idea is truly something- and definitely shows that a bit of self belief, and setting your own ambition bar as high, or as low, as you feel comfortable- truly makes for the best outcome.

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Recently I've been having a bit of a think about the term ambition. I briefly touched on it a while ago in one of my Sunday posts; a brief comment on how we view the term alongside success and how, really, I'm not sure they're directly in correlation with one another. That to be successful, and most importantly happy- you don't have to be top of your career ladder. I'm in a fortunate position to be surrounded by both hugely ambitious women, and also women who are not necessarily work driven, but thriving and successful in their chosen careers too- which I think has been totally integral in striking a balance and developing a healthy work/life relationship that suits me.

I've read a few pieces online recently talking about success- whether that's earning more, settling or striving for the next tier, promotion or prestige around the corner. The one that actually inspired this was shared by my friend Jazmine, and was originally shared on Stylist online and hit the nail on the head in so many ways.

Working online, there's an unspoken pressure about living the to the best of the best- to the absolute top of your game whilst being a total #girlboss in the meantime. It's great feeling inspired- whether that be to book a holiday or try a new dinner on a Monday night- but it's okay to not want to try a new recipe and then strive for a restaurant opening the week after. Living a good life isn't just about earning a high salary, ticking off far flung destinations and buying nice things every week. For some people it might be, but that doesn't apply for everyone- and I think it's so important to recognise that- and know whether you strive for those things or not, it shouldn't dictate your level, or perception, of success.

And of course, it's making sure that it's coming from a place that makes you happy. The piece touched on the fact that admitting you're not overtly ambitious is fine, as long as 'you are not in truth shying away from challenges because of a lack of confidence'- which I equally think is incredibly important too. In a sense, I do think I've always struggled with ambition because I've never seen myself as capable. I've always felt that there's an essence of blag in what I do, where people have often said 'Oh! you've landed on your feet!' Which has always made me question my actual ability- and left me with a constant fear, or, that people expect me to have a solid five year plan in place (I don't yet, but I'm working on it).

Naturally, I finish this after reading an awe inspiring piece about Emily Weiss- one of the few people who spark an unrivalled sense of ambition in me. Knowing she first approached venture capitalists without a product or business plan but simply an idea is truly something- and definitely shows that a bit of self belief, and setting your own ambition bar as high, or as low, as you feel comfortable- truly makes for the best outcome.

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12 comments:

  1. Such a great (and important!) post Liv. I actually remember reading that column by Lucy Mangan in the beginning of the summer and it resonated with me SO much. I've never really been career driven, probably mostly because I never really knew what I wanted to do enough to really work for it, and I always felt kind of guilty about it. I feel like we're living in a society where work and career are placed so high up on a pedestal and if you're not striving to climb up to the top of the ladder you're somehow a failure, or just lazy. I've chosen a job that gets my bills paid, doesn't stress me out and leaves me enough time to do what I really love - seeing friends & family, photgraphy and other hobbies, but sometimes I do let the pressure get to me and I wonder if I'm doing enough? It's so hard! Thank you so much for writing this post - it's so nice to hear that I'm not the only one thinking about these things.. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  2. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks so mjch for sharing these thoughts and resources. For the record, you are brilliant and very talented! All of us love following along in your adventures and creations!

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  3. This was a good post. I also have this problem too. I'm always just working on my blog and wanting everything to get better and all that.
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  4. Such an open & honest post.....loved it.

    Jess
    www.liljess.co.uk

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  5. I used to be very ambitious and I wanted a high flying career, but when I realised that that just wasn't going to happen for me, it was tough. However, I've come to realise that actually I'm much happier having more free time and feeling more relaxed than being stressed out working stupid hours in a job I dislike! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  6. Love this piece. While I consider myself ambitious, I struggle because even if I try my absolute hardest I don't seem to have the success other people seem to have. It puts doubts in my head and it takes my focus away from what should truly matter. I totally agree, just because someone isn't at the top of the career ladder, does not mean they don't have ambition. It more is just a reflection that success hasn't found them yet.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  7. What an important post to write, I think the problem is that success and ambition look so much better on social media than just being content. But its so important to remember what makes us happy. x

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  8. I can completely relate to this post! I think sometimes it's important to remember that everyone goes at their own pace and it's almost too easy to compare and put yourself down when seeing other people's success. x
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  9. I love this piece so much! I find it so hard to 'get my girlboss on' and work all night like society seems to expect at the moment. It is crazy :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  10. This post is so important, there can be a lot of pressure to feel like you have to be on top of your game 100% of the time. I have been winging it for my short 19 years of life and I'll probably continue to! xxx
    www.georgiamaesday.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. While reading this I had a lot of wuiestions in my mind trying to figure out my ambition and how I define success, thank you for this, now I know it okay to have my own definition of success and ambition.
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    Jane
    https://www.dailylifetalk.com/

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  12. I don't have a 5 year plan but feel I should as it would help me focus, however I agree that you don't always need to be top game so you can have a breather and see where life take you.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography

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