USC speech

November 13, 2007

How ambitious are you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 6:51 pm

What do you hope to do after you graduate? What job do you think you might get? What jobs do you hope to have in the future?


achieve • to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort |  aggressive • determined to win or succeed and using forceful action to achieve victory or success | deceive • to persuade someone that something false is the truth; to keep the truth hidden from someone for your own advantage; to trick | envy • to wish that you had something that another person has |  exert power • to use power in order to make something happen |  gain personal advantage • to obtain something that is useful or beneficial to yourself | hardship • (something which causes) difficult or unpleasant conditions of life, or an example of this |  idealistic • believing that ideals (=a principle or a way of behaving that is of a very high standard ) can be achieved, often when this does not seem likely to others | invest • to put money, effort, time etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage | motive • a reason for doing something |  poverty • the condition of being extremely poor |  practical • relating to experience, reality or action rather than ideas or imagination | pursue • If you pursue a plan, activity or situation, you try to do it or achieve it, usually over a long period of time | sacrifice • to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person |  servant • a person who is employed in another person’s house, doing jobs such as cooking and cleaning, especially in the past | slave • a person who is legally owned by someone else and has to work for them |  take advantage • to treat someone badly in order to get something good from them | to the same extent • to the same degree as; as much as | unique • being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual or special in some way | The end justifies the means. • said about a situation in which the final aim is so important that any way of achieving it is acceptable


1   Do you think you are very different from most people?



2   Would you describe yourself as more “practical” than “idealistic”?


3   Do you hope to be either very rich or famous in the future?


4   Are you generally aggressive about getting the things that you want?


5   If you had the opportunity to either help yourself achieve some goal, or to the same extent help a friend achieve one of his or her goals, would you choose to help yourself?


6   Would you ever try to become friends with someone you didn’t like, in order to gain some kind of personal advantage?


7   Do you get pleasure from exerting power over others?


8   Would you like to have a servant?


9   Are you willing to deceive people to gain some personal advantage?

10   Do you agree with the expression “the end justifies the means”?


11   Do you dislike working for other people?


12   Would you say that many of the things you do now are “investments” in the future?


13   If you knew that you could one day become rich, would you be willing to suffer hardship and poverty for the next ten years?


14   Are you making an active effort to become either rich or famous in the future?


15   Would you rather your friends envy you than just feel happy for you even if you were satisfied with your life and self?


16   Do you think that no matter what you achieve you can never be completely satisfied because there will always be more to achieve?




0 to 3

You have very little ambition. While you have little desire to pursue “success” you are likely to feel satisfied with your life.


4 to 6

You have some ambition, but do not let it become a strong influence in your life. You are likely to be a person with a somewhat passive approach to life, who does what the “average” person does.


7 to 9

While you have strong ambition, you lack some of the qualities necessary to make success easier to achieve. Thus, you are likely to feel frustrated often. Your success depends on your determination.


10 to 12

You are very ambitious, and are likely to be a great success in life. You do not easily get frustrated, but always keep working toward your goals.


13 to 16

You are, perhaps, too ambitious. While you have a very good chance of success in many areas of your life, your extreme ambition may force you to make terrible sacrifices—of love, of happiness, or other things.




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