Are you driven to succeed? Secretly long to be better than everyone else? When it comes to ambition—is it a quality you value in yourself? Discover which of the four archetypes you fall into and how to make the shift to a life of real meaning.
Throughout our lives, we are often given contradictory messages about ambition. On the one hand, we are told that it is a positive virtue indicative of being motivated, inspired and goal-directed. On the other hand, ambition is often viewed as an indicator of the acceptance of ego-domination as well as a lack of concern for the well-being of others.
I love this quote, which opens and closes my latest book, The Shift: Taking Your Life from Ambition to Meaning.
The Bushman in the Kalahari Desert talk about two "hungers."
One way to get a handle on this idea of ambition is to view it through the four major archetypes that seem to identify us as we move from a more ego-directed way of looking at our own place in the world toward a more enlightened view of our own dharma, or purpose for being here, in this very body that we are in, at this particular time. Carl Jung often used archetypes to provide a visual representation and help clarify the various stages of life.
Discover the 4 major archetypes
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