Once you’ve discovered your true ambition, again this can be small or big, you want to realise it!
Most ambitions are not easily realised and they require a plan. It may take money, a team of people and more to realise your ambition, and your ‘job’ is to create the best opportunities for your ambition to be successfully realised.
One easy way to begin doing this is to be open about your ambition. Tell it to friends, family, co-workers — people at bars who want listen! Don’t be afraid to share. In a lot of cases opportunity comes through network — people can’t help you if they don’t know you exist or what you’re thinking/hoping to do. This is also a great way to practice your pitch and it can even serve as a way to begin protecting your IP if your ambition is a project of sorts 🙂
What I like about this is that you begin creating a positive stream of trusting in others, transparency and passion and this usually circulates back to you eventually. If you talk passionately and honestly about your ambition chances are that you inspire people, they will remember you for that feeling, maybe not even your ambition, but just that feeling, and they’ll want to help you. This usually also connects you to the opportunities best suited for your ambition.
Another thing about opportunities is that they can come from places you didn’t expect and at times that can seem even inconvenient right away. I think it’s very important to always be open to opportunity — always be ready to pivot your ambition — it might be for the better! Your life isn’t a to-do list you need to check off and the better a journey you can create for yourself striving to realise your ambitions the better.
At every opportunity — go back and revisit your original true ambition — the one you set out to realise after critically looking at it and boiling it down to its essence. Now do this again and apply this new opportunity to it. Will it further your ambition? Is it a way to realise your ambition, but it comes with a compromise? Find out and trust your gut feeling. Don’t blindly move ahead just because it might take you to the end-goal — again, the goal isn’t to just realise your ambition, it is to successfully realise it.
Say an opportunity I get for my animated film is that an investor will give me the entire budget of the film, but it’s 70% of what my already stretched budget is. Sure, I can get to do the film, realise the ambition, but I’d have to either work insane hours, pay the crew less than what they are happy with etc etc. This opportunity might take you all the way, but you might not arrive and be able to recognise your true ambition anymore.
Opportunities like these are tempting and we will all probably fall in once or twice, but hopefully then learn from it.
Another important part of creating opportunities for yourself and your ambition is to dare believe in reality to surprise you. It is so common that people don’t want to ask for what they want, because you might just be turned down — get a no. Getting a no is not fun at all, but it clears your mind about the ‘what-if’s’ and allow you to look ahead.
In my experience reality will surprise you — people will surprise you — and you get to move forward rather than treading waters around something. Ask! Most people admire the courage it takes to do so — this also goes for the people who can help you realise your ambition.