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WHAT’S THE SECRET OF SUCCESS?

Lorna V interviews the panel of five experts featured in the latest Psychologies’ book, Real Ambition, and discovers more about their own visions and versions of success, and what ambition means to them…
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Ambition. It’s a tricky word. It’s long been associated with people trampling over others for power and being driven in terms of money and status. But the true, pure meaning of ambition is simply the desire to achieve. Achieve what, though? Now, that’s where it gets complicated.

While researching the book, a question developed in my mind: why do I want what I want? Is it truly ‘me’ deciding, or is it only what I think I should want? I was excited to discover all my research and interviews confirmed that ambition is, in fact, healthy, because it drives us to create better lives – and that success is not ‘one size fits all’.

One of the brightest of our lightbulb moments came when one expert, Kele Baker, pointed out that after ‘the desire to achieve’ bit of the definition, it’s up to us to complete that sentence.

What truly makes you feel fulfilled and happy as an individual? Here, our experts share their journeys and explain what ambition means to them.

Does your ambition truly make you happy?

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