Having a successful career is something that many dream about. If you are not mindful however, you could get sucked into a pit of your own ambition and never make it out again. You need to make sure that you balance the rest of your life with your career or you could end up losing more than you bargained for. If you are not mindful with your ambition, you may climb your way to the top and be left extremely unhappy.
Esfahani Smith has been taking in research on the tradeoffs that we all make between ourselves and our careers. The research that she is looking at shows that ambition can get in the way of relationships with others and leave us feeling lonely. This study is not the only one that has had these results either.
Tim Kasser, a psychologist, has research that shows that ambition and the pursuit for more money often comes at the expense of everything else in life, such as family, friends, and other relationships. He says it can lead to distress in the individual’s life and a lower well-being.
Writer Steve Errey states that our brains are not made to place ourselves in the social and career-oriented pecking orders, so when we pursue these positions and set goals that are too high, it makes it that much worse when the goal is not achieved.
When setting a career goal for yourself, honestly think about how much you can handle, and based on experience and know-how, what you can actually achieve. Once you get there, you can set a higher goal if you are comfortable, but nothing that is unobtainable. When your ambition drives you, always remember that there are things that may be lost such as relationships and you must prepare yourself for that.