Your personal ambition: locked up or wide open?

Your personal ambition: locked up or wide open?

by Jon Rappoport

May 17, 2017

(contact email: qjrconsulting [at] gmail [dot] com)

For centuries, the word “ambition” has been injected and stained with negative connotations: greed, selfishness, lowness of character.

These days, it’s because the current fashion (backed up by enormous propaganda) is: “give everything away for free to everybody else.”

Of course, no one actually does that. But it doesn’t stop people from espousing the idea. It plays well. It’s a badge of honor. The implication is: no matter who they are, no matter what they ask for, other people are more important than Self.

Where does this the leave the individual?

He’s the exception to the rule. If he’s sitting with the wrong people and somehow, accidentally, transmits the impression that he’s happy to be succeeding at doing what he really wants to do, there could be blowback.

He’s “ambitious.”

He wants to “achieve something on his own.”

He must be from another planet.

The rule is: everything must be done out of a sense of Giving Service. As in a bland and pallid church. Bring out the hymnals.

If “success” is mentioned at all, it should be couched in “spiritual” terms. Devotion to all of humanity all the time. Saving the entire planet, at a bare minimum. And before breakfast, if possible.

We hear, “I’m blessed to be doing (fill in the blank). Really? Who provided the blessing? Was there a ceremony? Wine? Crackers?

“I’m giving back.” Back? Say again? Did you just get back from somewhere? A conference in a higher realm, where you were tasked to perform great actions here, minus any shred of self-interest?

Ambition? At best, a useless appendage from a bygone age, when people were self-absorbed and confused, when they, as individuals, were deluded into thinking they were building something on their own.

Didn’t you get the memo? We’re all in this together. And don’t commit the faux pas of asking who the “we” is and what the “this” is and how “all together” actually works.

Ambition? “The Universe” must place it in a very low position on the scale of righteousness.

A private client of mine once completely broke up during one of our conversations. When he stopped laughing and calmed down, he told me he realized how he’d been keeping himself in check because, whenever he tried to think about his personal ambitions, he was blocked. He wasn’t supposed to be ambitious. He wasn’t supposed to think about his future in terms of his own ambition. He wasn’t supposed to be who he was. He wasn’t supposed to pour all his energy into making his own desires come true. That was treasonous. That was betraying “everybody else.” That was…


But he’d suddenly recovered from the prison sentence. He’d come back. He’d broken out of the chains. He’d started breathing again.

No, this wasn’t a greedy man who then connived ways to dupe others for his own gain. This wasn’t a criminal who then began to plan cons and scams. This wasn’t a tyrant coming out of his cave.

This was a very creative man who could suddenly see a new future stirring; a future that would get him out of bed in the morning with energy and excitement.

A problem?

No. Not at all.

He was on his way.

I’ve had clients who authentically decided they wanted to form groups to forward crucial causes. THAT was their ambition.

Over and over in my consulting practice, it’s been driven home to me that the individual makes these discoveries and decisions for himself—and when he does, he has the energy to launch.

“I should do this” and “I’m best fitted to do this” don’t hold a candle to “I WANT TO do this,” when the want is deep.

Ambition and Want are actually close cousins, when you sweep away the social debris and the propaganda.

I have a bias in favor of the individual. I always have. When all is said and done, the individual is the root. Yes, there is a thing called team or group or organization, but today’s culture has vastly overvalued “cooperative enterprise,” at the expense of the creative person.

That person understands something which evades the prescriptions of the culture. He knows he is operating at a different level. He feels, glimpses, senses a power that doesn’t belong to the group. It never has, and it never will.

This fact is a cause for celebration, even if most people don’t grasp the importance of it or recognize that, in numerous ways, they are benefiting from the creative output of individuals who don’t give up, who launch enterprises that travel far beyond conventional boundaries.

Here is a famous quote attributed to Victor Hugo: “Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.”

That formulation is weak and passive. I would say: Nothing is stronger than the creative individual who launches a new idea, gives it shape, and makes it fact in the world.

There are many more such individuals than we would suspect. They are standing in the shadows, wondering whether they should give expression to their ambitions.

The answer is yes.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

8 comments on “Your personal ambition: locked up or wide open?

  1. rtxyz1 says:

    This is the most selfish era in history, without question, what planet are you on. It is why all the social engineering is a big fail, sounds like you are rehabilitating liberals who have lost touch with reality.

    • Michael says:

      I should care what a troll thinks…

      Liberal? Consevative?
      Don’t care for any of it, don’t care what you think at all.

      “This is the most selfish era in history,…”

      And you know this as a fact, right…I can’t know history. Don’t care to know it really. History is written by people who wish to influence my future. And I won’t let that happen.

      I only know my history which the most important and only history to me.

      I just have this life of mine, that I care, and love to enjoy immensely. I want to enjoy it, like it is a piece of fine art.

      That I will desire the biggest and the best, for me; the richest and the most meaninful: and best quality of everything that I endeavour to and acquire… The best food and most exciting experiences, the most beautiful and talented people will surround me because I am interesting; I wish as friends only the individual, who thinks only about ‘their’ desires.

      The most exciting and the longest life naturally possible will be mine; the most loved and most desired I will be. I wish to be the biggest and best at everything. I want to be the one of a kind and the rare unmanufactured human.

      I want to run the race and win it every single time.

      Self sacrifice; for the world, or a global ideal; or climate or over population, or a UN agenda; or your for your comment…nah I am not there. Don’t want to be.

      Fuck selfish, I want it all.

      Does that make me bad…no, not at all. It makes me involved in my own well-being, involved in my own life.
      Living it like I am mortal.

  2. Oliver Manuel says:

    Thank you, Jon, for another thought-provoking message.

    I now realize that my early ambitions were mostly driven by insecurities, fear and the survival instinct.

    My ambitions have evolved into a desire to help others overcome fears and enjoy the elegant simplicity of an infinite God/reality/truth revealed to Prout (1815), Rutherford (1920), Chadwick (1932), Kuroda (1945), and later confirmed by researchers in the nuclear and space age through measurements, observations and logical analysis:

  3. elliottjab says:

    Truth and common sense to the bone.

    TY, Jon.

  4. María says:

    Needless to say: who does not live to serve does not serve to live, such folly, bondage, subjugation, alienation and loss of will to the service of the type oppressors. With the connotation of stigmatizing those who do not fall into their networks.
    (Using google translator for this message)
    Greetings, Mary

    • Thank you, Maria, for the message.

      The selfishness in each of us prevented us from realizing the goals of the 1776 Declaration of Independence:

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

      — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

      — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

      Those are the COMMON GOALS OF ALL HUMANITY. That is why a paper celebrating the centennial of Paul Kazuo Kuroda’s birth in Japan on 1 April 1917 concludes:

      “Kuroda risked his life and the wrath of united world governments after WWII so humanity might know the simple sequence of geo-, cosmo- chronological events that

      Produced life from highly radioactive debris of a supernova that exploded here five billion years (~5.1 Ga) ago,

      Sustained the origin and evolution of life into humans, and

      Endowed them with remarkable talents and unalienable rights to self-governance on a water-covered planet orbiting ~1 AU (one astronomical unit) from the pulsar remnant that was, and still is,

      Powered mostly by neutron repulsion, the mysterious source of energy Aston discovered and reported as “powers beyond the dreams of scientific fiction” in “nuclear packing fractions” of ordinary atoms (Aston, 1922).” [See: “The Universe Is In Good Hands,” International Journal of Advanced Research 5 (3), 2113-2123 (2017)]

      “Nothing in life is to be feared,
      It is only to be understood.
      Now is the time to understand more,
      So that we may fear less.”

      ~ Maria Skłodowska-Curie

  5. Michael says:

    Thought I lost you there for minute…glad to see you are back.

    As usual, the writing and the thought behind it; top draw.

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