Ambition Addiction

How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within
Narrated by: Benjamin Shalva
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Ambition is a blessing. It is a key motivator driving people to achieve their hopes and dreams. But for many, accomplishment is never enough. In a culture obsessed with fame and celebrity, the burning desire for acclaim, conquest, and domination can be overwhelming - to the detriment of one's personal life. This is ambition addiction: the all-encompassing yearning for success at any cost.

Self-described ambition addict Benjamin Shalva (Spiritual Cross-Training) has written an insightful and illuminating book for anyone who wants to control that destructive strain of ambition and live with integrity. He identifies the signs and symptoms of ambition addiction and profiles iconic achievers to help listeners identify unhealthy motivations. Then he reveals the five steps to living a fulfilling life of healthy, productive ambition in which grand but elusive fantasies give way to the true happiness of the here and now.

©2016 Benjamin Shalva. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Super hypothetical

Struggled to finish and eventually couldn't. He's a great writer. But I can't agree with his views. Yes, if you have ambition then you need to find some type of balance and still be able to enjoy life. Yes, if you're willing to do whatever it takes then it can cause those around us to suffer. And yes, if you're only waiting for the happy ending then you're likely not enjoying what you're doing.
I obviously would fall as an Ambition Addict - I work 60 hours a week because I own my own business and I go to school for 40 hours a week. The book assumes that high goals are impossible, causes suffering, and not worth it so instead slow down and live life. But what if I'm in love with the process? The greatest achievements came from those who worked obsessively and passionately. And yes, those achievements are absolutely worth the late nights. Without those with high ambitions - we wouldn't be as advanced as we are. Idk the books seems to judge and assume. I don't have a problem and I know that the book judges me saying that I do because denial is in addiction. But if you're able to enjoy life while still pushing through and being productive with your "impossible" goals... Then what's the harm? Why is having the addiction bad? I picked the book because I love self-growth and motivational books and I'm in love with the word ambition. But I'm left feeling judged for loving my own ambition. I'm left feeling like it was automatically assumed that because I work hard wanting something more for myself and my family then I'm not happy and it's causing more harm than good. Idk I couldn't finish the book. It's too many hypotheticals and too much judgement/assumptions for me to enjoy reading the book.

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Simple concept. Life changing impact.

Ben’s audiobook is a smooth listen and offers a good perspective on managing ones drive and desires in life. It’s easy to get caught up in goals that don’t provide true joy or meaning. Thanks for reminding me to slow down and reassess my ambitions. I will definitely refer back to Ben’s book so I can keep my priorities in order.