Ok, I was going to post this in reply to a message under my "80's" thread, but then decided that it would be better off as a topic all its own.
So my question to you all is:
Where do you draw the line between someone who is being ambitious versus someone who is being greedy (or selfish, or simply "power hungry"?
To me, an example of someone being ambitious is someone who goes to school so they can get a degree, and get a good job that enables them to buy a decent home in a decent neighborhood, drive a nice (but not too extravagant) car. Raise the kids. And maybe have some "luxury" items (such as a nice entertainment system, or a boat, or something to that effect).
And then retire to Hawaii or Florida to live out their final days, with no help from the government.
By contrast, I think that a woman who wants to be making a six or seven digit salary, hold 3 seats on the Board of Directors, be married (and perhaps divorced with a hyphenated last name), visit 97 countries, and have 2 or 3 kids....and do all of that by the time she is 25 epitomizes greed and gluttony in the worst way.
And the same thing can be said about men (except for the hyphenated last name).
What are your thoughts?
Where do YOU draw the line between ambition and megolomania/greed?
What about these people you see in most offices nowadays that ramble on endlessly about "teamwork", and take the credit for a job YOU did, and place the blame on you for something HE did?
While that is certainly a good way to move up the corporate ladder, again, is that "CMA" (Cover My A$$) mentality prudent ambition, or are you stabbing someone else in the back for your own gain?
IS there a line, or is the simple truth of the matter mean that in order to be ambitious and successful, you must have some element of selfishness?