Contentment vs Lack of Ambition

We’re reading Sheryl Sandberg’s inspiring book Lean In for book club this month. I know, I’m late to the party since I’ve actually already heard her speak at BlogHer 2013 in July. But I wanted to wait to read the whole book until I had the opportunity to discuss it with some really smart and thoughtful ladies in my neighborhood while drinking wine. I have found this book to be extremely balanced, and not at all about how we all need to be CEO’s or how women need to kick men’s butts in the workplace.

I particularly loved how she highlights that not all of us who are not CEO’s or even full time employees at the moment have made that choice due to lack of ambition. Sometimes it is because the way we are living our life right now is just right for us at this moment. This is a yoga principle as well — being content with where you are right now and accepting both your limitations and your current accomplishments.

"Many people are not interested in acquiring power, not because they lack ambition, but because they are living their lives as they desire." - Sheryl Sandberg

2 thoughts on “Contentment vs Lack of Ambition”

  1. I totally agree. I have an MBA and speak 3 languages yet I am working for an airline on the ramp so I Can fly for free. Having flight benefits is so important to me and it enables me to live the life I want to live at this moment. I am far from lazy, I am very content.

    1. I love your story SO MUCH! I think that is such a great example of choosing our lives based on our personal goals rather than what other people might expect of us. Way to go!!

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