The muse of the blog must have won some trophy out there.
Each word has a concept, an impact on your mind, an image you have of the word that was created and nurtured in your creation, in your family, in the midst of your friends, in your neighborhood. And it is from this image that you have of what can be an ambition that I want to speak a little today.
The word in question here is AMBITION.
“MEANING OF AMBITION
of wish unconscionable for power, money, material possessions, etc. glories; Greed: he only managed to be rich because he always had ambition. Intense obstinacy to achieve a certain purpose; Willingness to achieve success; Pretense: he had the ambition of being a singer someday. “
Even in dictionaries on the internet, the word comes with the misleading, crude sense. It has nothing to do with that which is in the definition. The second definition begins to improve:
I could say: Be stubborn. But I’d rather say, be ambitious. First to break paradigms with the word itself, and second to break the other paradigms that I will explain below.
Speaking for myself, that word always had a negative connotation, that’s what I was taught. To be ambitious was to be selfish (another word that taught me wrong), to be ambitious was to “want to be what it is not”, it was “to want to reach a standard of living that was not for you”, it was “wanting to be rich” Rich was a bad thing or evil), to be ambitious was to be soulless, evil, inhuman, petty, futile, indecent and egocentric.
The environment in which you have been shaped what you think of things and the world. People talked about hundreds of things and tried to convey false and wrong ideas to them. And you took several of these things as truths, including your own, well-intentioned or otherwise.
When I was a kid I was bombarded on all sides with prejudices from my grandparents and uncles, neighbors and cousins. Nowadays, analyzing my childhood environment coldly, I note how toxic it was for any child in the process of character formation. I say this because you have to get to know yourself, dive into your head, into your memories and memories and realize how the concepts have come to rest within you. There are environments that were not made for personal progress, and in these environments family and friends get in the way, and the individual arrives in a situation of life that does not know why he got there, all the fruit of his creation.
Half of my family on my mother’s side was evangelical, on the mother’s side, I even went to churches when I was a child because they took me, they were Assemblage and Presbyterian type churches. I need to say that there were taught me several prejudices there, just as this part of the family taught me several bad things that I disagreed with. My grandmother was very evangelical and at the same time very racist. She had ready-made phrases for almost everything and of course, most of them taken from the Bible, already heard that:
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven.”
Surely you must have heard that one already. I’ve listened to hundreds of times. And where do you think the 25 grandchildren of my grandmother spent their childhood listening to this? That’s right, they’re all poor. One of these days a cousin got pregnant again, received the news without any joy because it has no way to support the two who were born before, it is at that level.
“Rich people are not good”
“Die and take nothing”
“He’s rich because he does not give a loaf of bread to a madman”
“He’s only rich because he stole the others a lot”
“Fulaninho just wants to be rich”
The jocular, debauched, emphatic tone was the rule.
Once, in a house where NO ONE had entered any college yet, one of the grandchildren was inventing to say that he wanted to enter the University. For what? Do you think there have been any encouraging comments or comments? That. Comments from users.
“THAT (referring to a person) thinks that he will be rich”
“THERE is going to be crazy about studying”
“I’m inventing to study not to want to work”
“When you finish your studies (high school) you have to work to help at home”
If it were only one time or another, but imagine spending 18 YEARS LISTENING to THAT!
Sometimes the salvation of the poor is the contact with people of the middle class or even rich to know that it is not quite like that, it is not quite there.
My dad never told me that. He worked for a rich guy (politician) but in a very function of even manual service, driving and even domestic and/or homemade / does everything. Which made it possible for me to visit his boss’s house a few times or stay there on some holidays and on weekends. And it was nothing like that. Obvious. The guy was cool, he treated me well, gave me gifts even a few times, and I felt really comfortable there, and sometimes even treated better than in my own house or in the home of other family members (uncles and grandmothers). So, as”? But being rich was not bad, and was not good, and was it evil? Was being poor was not good, honest, divine and blessed?
The truth is that most poor people create toxic environments for themselves and see the improvement in the lives of others as a bad thing. The very concept they have of wealth is misrepresented, either by the lack of living with the rich or because they have learned by religion or even pure ignorance. Being rich or poor defines no one’s character. The biggest thieves in the country are rich, and the 2 million cell thieves out there are all poor. Patrimony only increases or decreases the scale of the robbery.
Why do I tell you to be ambitious?
Because ambition is not a bad thing. Absolutely. You have every right to study, to work, to grow in life, to accumulate values, to get a good marriage, to live in a good house or a good apartment, to travel on vacation, to pay your expenses without fear, to enroll your children in good schools and to pay a flat Of health for all. What harm is there in this? If you were born to a middle-class family, you might be surprised by this post, but if you were born and raised in poverty you realize that this is common, that’s what we hear all the time.
People who live deprived of certain things start to condemn them and make moral judgments about who gets them, and thereby contaminate the thinking of future generations and shape the destiny of their lives, and that still happens in the middle of 2016.
Already a little older and in late adolescence I made some friends of better social status (due to scholarship in private school) and I could visit their homes, go to the mall in class, study at their house at the weekend, go on a Party or other with them and I saw that they were nice people, by the way, much more kind and trustworthy than my other friends in the neighborhood, where the tonic of jokes was violence, brute force and hostilities (not that this is all bad, but it was Always and only that), but it was different. The ignorant knows very well to distil his venom wherever he goes to justify his ignorance and thus delay the lives of others and pull them into the empty and deep hole in which they themselves inhabit.
In this way, I was able to see the duality of these two worlds so distant and so peculiar. In one the prejudice, the shyness, the fights for small things, the gossip, the violence of the words and the ideas was the rule, in addition to being told and always reminded that you were a being incapable of anything, a place of discouragement Perennial In the other, people studying, others working, others reading, books at home, educated, kind people, who offered one meal and already invited to the other, already invited for another weekend, people who appreciated the effort and condition of the interlocutor , As well as his own human person, ultimately differences that make all the difference.
What initiates me is that I know that millions of people will never have the opportunity to know a better world, either because of the social, financial and geographical limitations they live in, or because of the opportunities that life gives them, or they will deconstruct those concepts in a Late phase of life where you can not do much more, but if you do not know, do not shake, want the best, want the good, study and fight for the good and its destiny. At least the internet came here for that, and still good, so you can download books, read blogs, have social networks and exchange ideas.
If you have been taught/taught that being rich is a sin, know one thing: It is a lie.
If you have been told that rich/middle class people are bad people, thieves, going to hell, robbed to shit, exploiting the poor, know: It’s a lie.
Ambition is a healthy state of mind where you look for the best results for you, and this will also be good for your family and friends and people you love because you will help everyone in the future whether it be with money, be it knowledge, Advice and ideas.
Only petty people do not want the success of others. Rejoice in your small successes and truly rejoice in the success of your friends and family. Learn to embrace your own story and want to make progress in life, even if other people do not want or like your victories, there will be many others cheering. And it is for you and the people who want you good, that you have to fight and win.
You have the human right to progress, to be happy, to live the fruits of their work and their dedication, for you to gain one needs to lose, you can be rich one day even without stealing, without taking anything from anyone and not cheat , There is no sin in that, there is no guilt, no remorse, no moral, ethical, or religious impediment for your life to improve.
You were born in a free country, you can achieve much, even today’s children will be great people in the future, remember that Messi a few years ago was just a child. Do not let yourself be deceived by wrong ideas, by limitations you have inherited from life and family, you were born without debt and free, and you do not have to be poor to prove anything to anyone.
Your life and your existence do not have to be based on empty, imaginary concepts out of other people’s minds, you have the moral duty and the right to write your own story, conquer the world you want for yourself.
“Ideas and only ideas can illuminate the world”
Ludwig von Mises