Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.

| August 29, 2016

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.

“Without AMBITION one starts nothing. Without WORK one finishes nothing. The prize will NOT be sent to you. You have to WIN it. The man who knows HOW will always have a job. The man who also knows WHY will always be his boss. As to METHODS there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps PRINCIPLES can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have TROUBLE.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.
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Study—really study—Today’s Quote.

Now, read it again out loud and scream out the words in all CAPS… as I want you to make an emotional connection with this timeless observation.


No question, trouble is ahead for those who do not get the connection between ambition >> work >>> success.

I used this quote 15 weeks ago when we were discussing the PRINCIPLES of success.

It offers fabulous advice, wisdom and direction.

This is one of those Emersonian quotes that you should print and keep in front of you at all times.

(I have it stuck to my computer monitor!)

Last week, we focused on the power of BELIEF—your belief in your POWER to make your dreams and goals real.

This week, we are going to discuss AMBITION—your inner-desire to achieve your goals.

Do You Have the Ambition to Achieve Your Heart’s Desire?

Your dreams and goals require action…
In a word AMBITION!

This week’s Coaching Connection is on the connection between your dreams and the action you actually take to achieve the results you want.

In this session with TQ Master Coach, Maikel Bailey, you will connect with the word AMBITION on an entirely different level—and see why this is one of the most IMPORTANT words in your lexicon of success.

If you feel you are not achieving up to your full potential, schedule a complementary coaching session right now. Click Here…

The Real of Ambition…

Before we get started, let’s all get on the same page.

Let’s see what AMBITION actually means.

According to the American Heritage dictionary it is…

Am – bi – tion (noun) :a) An eager or strong DESIRE to achieve something such as fame or power: Aspiration, ambitiousness. b) The object, objective or GOAL desired: Her ambition is the presidency. c) The wish, power, and ability to begin and follow through with a PLAN or task: Drive, enterprise, initiative.

Look at this definition carefully. What do you see?

Are you AMBITIOUS? Do you have “an eager or strong DESIRE to achieve something?” What?

Write it down, right here, right now:


Do you have your eyes steadily focused on “The object, objective or GOAL desired?”

What is it? Write it down, right here, right now:


Do you have the “POWER, and ABILITY to begin and follow through with a plan or task?” [   ] Yes? [   ] No?

Reread Emerson’s quote, in context with the above. Sounds like the perfect definition of AMBITION—and some strong guidance for achieving success, doesn’t it?!

All last week, I advanced the idea that there is a “Golden Ratio” that governs the achievability of your goals… indeed, your ultimate success. It is the ratio of Desirability over Believability.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.
This is an idea worth repeating:

  • Your goals can be highly DESIRABLE, but if you have little inherent BELIEF in your ability to achieve them, the probability of your attaining them drops like a rock. Equally, if you have highly desirable goals, and an unwavering belief, your chances of achieving them rises like a star! 
  • Highly desirable goals make life worthwhile. They create the inner fire that emblazons your future… giving you the unrestrained belief to take bold action. Mundane goals make life a treadmill. They lack the power to ignite your passion… virtually guaranteeing insipid, lackluster performance.

So, the correspondence needs to be a 1 to 1 ratio: High Desirability (10) coupled with High Believability (10). Where these two variables are out of balance, you will find a low correlation between your goals and your success.

Yes, It All Starts With Ambition…

Personally, I believe that if you learn to set highly desirable GOALS for yourself, and approach them with a high ENERGY level, together with a positive/optimistic ATTITUDE, you are well on your way to the success you desire.

So, the question becomes, just how AMBITIOUS are you?

Do you have the POWER to chase after life-changing dreams and goals… or has your “get up and go, got up and went?!”

We are now closing in on the end of summer.

Fall is right around the corner.

Time is running out for achieving your dreams and goals THIS year. But, if you have the AMBITION, you can still fast-track your success… simply by turning up your performance a notch or two.

Remember, there is a key to success: High TQ Performance… High Expectations… coupled with Brilliant Execution.

My personal advice for the 70 or so “working days” between now and December 31st is this:

Expect More…
Execute Better!
These 4 words are not just great TQ buzz, they are the shortest instruction-set we can give you to live the life of your dreams… your BEST life, at every point in your life.

No question, a life of passion, purpose and significance stems from continuously setting VERY high Expectations. Why? Because you will only GET what you EXPECT. So, learn to Expect More!

But you can’t stop there. You must turn your time and energy into powerful actions. It is BRILLIANT Execution that makes your Expectations a REALITY.

The bottom line is this, only by INCREASING your TQ will you get the RESULTS you want in the TIME you have. Our simple formula says it all:

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.
This is the formula for true and lasting success. It is the pure essence of High TQ Performance.

This week, take some time to think about how ambitious you really are. Take some time to revisit your TQ Test and see, truly SEE what you need to do differently THIS week… and the weeks to come… to move your performance onto the fast-track to the success you truly desire.

I have yet to see a person who is truly ambitious fail. The rise to the top is the same as your climb in TQ scores. Day-by-day, inch your TQ UP, and you will develop the POWER to achieve ANYTHING your heart desires. Guaranteed! — E.R. Haas, CEO

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” ~ Kenny Rogers

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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including ThinkTQ.com, IntentionalExcellence.com, MyBizIQ.com, MyBelieversGuide.com, MarriageWithPurpose.com and hundreds of others. E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas. He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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