Achievability : it’s AMBITION, people

I have a strange train of thoughts whenever I try to work my brain in philosophical way, so here’s a little thought passing my head at midnight. Kinda stumbling to find the right words here..

Train of thought number 1
Are you a gleek? I know I am 😀 I started to be one a year ago, at first it was pure curiosity, which sometimes turn into obsessives. Okay, maybe not that obsessive. I still have other student-related works to do and teenager-related problems to face, but my iTunes playlists are composed mainly of songs covered and or originated from Glee.

Train of thought number 2
When I learned that the actors for characters Joe and Rory (from season 3) earned their spots by winning The Glee Project, I immediately browsed this television show. So, basically, The Glee Project is a competition in which winner(s) will be awarded a 7-episode arc on Glee. Since I missed season 1, I decided to just keep up with the season 2. One unique thing I noticed, almost all episodes of the show end with –ality. Danceability, vulnerability, theatricality, gleeality (okay this one is creative). Each one basically test the contenders’ ability in adjective/noun/whatever preceding the –ality suffix.
Anyway that was when my philosophical, fanfict-loving side kicked in. If I were to create my own The Glee Project episode, what would the theme be?

The answer came too immediately, without thinking.
I would make an ACHIEVABILITY episode

Train of thought number 3
So, basically it will test your ability to achieve what is worth achieving. Simple as that. We all have a dream. Have you noticed many quotes encouraging you to dream big? I’m actually wondering why is it so hard to find quote asking you whether or not you have the ability to achieve those dreams. I mean, isn’t the doing part supposed to be harder? Why even bother clinging to dreams with no chance of coming true?

I spend a lot of time thinking about these things. Dreams are different from obsessions, are different from missions, are different from ambition. Here’s a little dictionary-definition :
Dreams : a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal; an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy; a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect
Obsession : an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind
Mission : a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling; an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel
Ambition : a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work; desire and determination to achieve success

By the way, I found a nice wallpaper on this theme :


Everyone has dreams. But only some are actually ambitious about them.

My big question : Why do ambitious people are often… seen as wanting too much (while they are so determined and working hard to turn those ambitions into reality) and the word itself sorta have negative connotation?

In contrast, people with dreams are seen as optimist (while really, do they even put quarter of their mind into it?

For example, I have a friend whose big brother was ambitious to get into a prestigious faculty in a prestigious university. That was tough. He had to work incredibly hard : taking after-school lessons, courses, etcetera. In the end, he achieved his ambition. I for one raised my hat for his determination. But some people said, “You see how ambitious he was?” in tone of dislikes. I mean, COME ON, didn’t he earn his goal?

And then I had a friend who dreamed of a lot of things. Prestigious college, job before graduating, financial security, and all those things WITHOUT actually doing anything he could to improve himself. Without taking a step more than others. Without hard work! And others were like, “I hope your dreams come true” or “Keep fighting! You can do it”

So now we’re actually wishing success to those who deserved it less?

What kinda thing is that?

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

Also, remember that saying? Opportunitiesis missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work. It’s the WORK, the work that will turn the 2-D mental image in your head to 3-D REALITY.

This one quote might sound a little… unusual, but true
“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

PEOPLE, it’s one thing to realize what you want to do in life. But to actually overcome all obstacles and achieve it is a whole different thing. Dreams focus on what we think we deserve to get, ambitions focus on making yourself deserve it.

Knowing what your problem and overcome it is different.

p.s. I would very much like to read your train of thought in this matter ☺

p.p.s and the winner of the homework assignment would be the contender who overcome the most obstacles


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