Friday, May 1, 2009


A person without ambition is like a ship floating aimlessly. Such a person has no destination to reach. He gets nowhere. He achieves next to nothing in life.
Having ambition in life is very worthwhile. But just having one is not enough. Whatever the ambition, there has to be continuous effort towards achieving it. If a person has a target but does nothing, it is like day dreaming or just having a pious resolution.
There are different ambitions with different persons. The ambition varies from person to person depending on family background, upbringing, social position and economic condition. Some people have an ambition to amass wealth no matter how. That is why some parents ask for huge dowries at the time of marriage of their sons. At times, persons with such aim get into anti-social activity like smuggling, black marketing. Thus corruption spreads.
However, money is not everything in life. Man does not live by money alone. Some wish to become famous like artistes, journalists, scientists, sports persons and others. Along with getting well known they earn a lot of money too. There are others who neither want wealth nor fame but wish to serve humanity at large. Under this category come people like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa gave abundant care and love to the destitute.
For glamorous life, some young folk may choose to become film artistes. If a person succeeds in this profession, both wealth and fame are there. At present times, many wish to go abroad for settling down there. Here one earns a lot and has also to spend a lot. As far as I am concerned, I wish to have neither untold wealth nor fame. And working for the cine world does not appeal to me. Becoming a politician is also ruled out as it is said politics is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
I have ambition of becoming a teacher. There are justifiable reasons for my choice. First, less than 50 per cent of the country's population is illiterate. They are steeped in ignorance. They are superstitious. By becoming a teacher I will be able to do something about widespread illiteracy, ignorance and superstition.
Second, though there is not much money in the profession, it is yet a noble profession. The profession will enable me to bring into action the Gandhi’s principle of simple living and high thinking.
Third, my aim will enable me to serve the cause of education. According to Plato, education is the turning of the inner eye towards light. My being a teacher will help me in this task.
Fourth, the teaching profession calls for missionary zeal and a sense of dedication. I think I have these qualities in good measure. There is aptitude for the teaching profession. My work as a teacher will give me job satisfaction. I will get what I have aimed for in life.
Last, students of today are citizens of tomorrow. The profession will enable me to make my contribution in the building of pupils' character. As Swami Vivekananda has said they will become men. I will also instill the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in them. My ambition is character-building and I will spare no effort achieving it Dr S. Radhakrishnan is my role model.

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