Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness

Motivation for Ambition, Determination & Success

May 16, 2019

Listen to episode 371 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Ambition, Determination & Accomplishment. Edited and adapted from Stepping Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Stepping Stones to Success by Horace D. Hitchcock, published in 1916.

There can be no accomplishment in life without ambition. It's the great and all-powerful incentive to succeed. Ambition is the dynamo of human energy. It comes from within and is confined to the soul's own limitations.

You have ambition and so has everyone— to some degree. It is that something deep down in your own nature that says: "Go you, and do it."

Ambition and determination are playmates. Success itself comes surely and quickly to those who have ambition backed by an unwavering determination. Your aim in life is to accomplish something, and that something must be the combination of your opportunity and ambition.

Your aim is to do something well; and to do it well you must have force behind every stroke. If you put a stone into the ground, it will obey the law of gravitation and remain there forever. When you bury an acorn it will accede to a higher law and grow up by a vital force enclosed in its tiny walls.

Nature has whispered into the ears of all life: "Grow up!" Your ambition seed is securely planted within you, and its development can be promoted through a combination of physical and mental qualities — the physical to produce energy that is physical, and the mental to guide all in the proper channels.