Seven Tips on Ambition

In a typical week, what’s the one food you eat the most? Mine is pizza. It’s not uncommon for me to eat pizza two, three, sometimes even four times a week. Because let’s face it, pizza is delicious. However it has its side effects. I’ve recently had to replace my pants and shorts with bigger sizes, and every time I eat pizza I want to take a nap afterwards.


Ambition and appetite are similar. When properly fed, ambition will lead to success. However, if you don’t feed your ambition correctly, it can yield laziness, the kind of laziness that comes on after eating half a pizza.

I recently came across seven tips on feeding ambition from Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew that I really enjoyed. Here’s an excerpt:

I develop ambition and hunger as a daily habit in the following ways:

  • Praying for God’s direction for the day.
  • Organizing a list of things to accomplish.
  • Having a plan of action to complete these goals.
  • Surrounding myself with other ambitious and hungry individuals.
  • Having a drive and desire to outwork the competition.
  • Making sure my staff and players organize their days so the can maximize productivity.
  • Being a servant. After all, Jesus came to serve and not be served.

What are you doing to feed your ambition? What was the last goal you set for yourself? Are the people you surround yourself with pushing you to achieve more or pushing to maintain the status quo?

These are all very important questions to ask yourself, especially if you work in ministry. God has given us a very important mission. It’s literally a matter of life and death, so make sure you’re feeding your ambition the right way.

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