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At the very end of Chapter 7 of Forever Alone (tiny spoiler alert, I guess!), I said:

We don’t all have the same amount of ambition in every area of life, and that’s OK. Some of us are perfectly content with a small, modest townhouse: Comfortable, safe, not flashy, but warm and homey. Honestly, my career ambitions are probably somewhere in that realm — it matters to me, but it’s not where my big, big dreams have ever lived. But man, I’ve got skyscraper ambitions when it comes to love. And I’m not talking some ugly thing that doesn’t even win skyscraper of the year award in Architectural Digest. It’s gotta be beautiful and impressive and very much larger than life. I think I might have more ambition in love than just about anyone I know.

I’ve been sitting with this and thinking about it so much that I decided it deserved more than just a single paragraph of attention.

So, in this month’s brand-new Side Chat, Kristen and I are digging into …

Come leave a comment after you’ve listened to share your scale of ambition across the different areas of your life!

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  1. I actually loved this. I’m a Thriver in every area of my life and Kristen’s explanation for ambition as a Thriver was right on. I often feel like I don’t have any ambition because I don’t want what most people I know want, but I will move heaven and earth to make a vacation happen lol or utilize the time afforded me by my work. It is very spread out across my life. I have no desire to climb the work ladder or anything like that but I work hard to be competent at any job I have. Relationships are not a top priority but I’ll put everything I have into any relationship I get into. My ambition is to have a great life with what I have available to me. I’m not always successful but that’s the goal.

    1. Lol at “moving heaven and earth for a vacation.” That’s definitely the most Thriver of moves!😂 But it’s nice to be allowed to have ambition around just … living a good life, rather than needing it to be directed toward your career.

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