Ambition Is Fueled By Possibility
People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive a lot of support and direction have dependency right? This is the view some politicians push when it comes to whether or not it is a good thing to support the individual (grants, benefits, programmes and so on)
But, of course, no middle-class parent acts as if this is true. Parents don’t deprive their children of benefits so they can learn to struggle on their own. When they can, they shower benefits on their children to give them more opportunities — so they can play, travel, do sports, go on school trips developing skills and awareness.
People are motivated when they feel competent. They are motivated when they have more opportunities.
Ambition is fired by possibility, not by deprivation – as a tour through the world’s poorest regions would demonstrate.
Certainly, there are some government initiatives and overly motherly managers that cultivate patterns of dependency in some people.
Ambition is fired by possibility, not by deprivation. Another good reason to put down the stick and pick up the carrot.