He who stands on tip-toe, doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine dims his own light.
He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.
He who has power over others can’t empower himself.
He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.
If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job then let go.
- Tao Te Ching 24
True greatness seems absent of ambition. Ambition is the ego clinging to a result; while greatness is of spirit. The ego waits for salvation in time, while spirit is already perfect. Ego seeks gratification through the validation of others, spirit is already complete on a level that is beyond validation.
The mind is all about will-power, self-discipline, goal-setting, and beating yourself up for not always achieving what you set out to achieve. But true success is what happens, absent of ambition, when we are humble, vulnerable and aligned with the thought system of perfect love. To live and create in love is to let ambition go, safe in the knowledge that you don’t need it.
Love, the energy of consciousness that carries with it complete knowledge, is always the answer and needs no validation. What is ambition for when there is nothing more to aspire to beyond love and perfect love is effortless?