On the Road Again: This Time, at Simplify, Create, Inspire

photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc
photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc

Ambition’s a tricky thing to get right.

Not enough is a waste of time. Too much is a big mistake.

Psychologist Timothy Leary said “women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Beloved author Maya Angelou’s take on ambition was this: “The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

Quip writer Cullen Hightower said “when performance exceeds ambition, the overlap is called success.” But according to a Hungarian proverb, “when ambition ends, happiness begins.”

Today, I’m at Holly’s blog, called Simplify, Create Inspire. You might remember her from the guest post she wrote on Coach Daddy about her father. I’m at her place now, in a foreign-exchange-student sort of way.

I’m down there, in Australia, writing about ambition.

Come check out my post, and stick around to see why Holly has become a favorite.

ambition quote


  1. Will head over to check it out 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Janine – it’s like tomorrow down there today.

  2. I will do, Eli! Will do… xx MH

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks MH! See you down there.

  3. ksbeth says:

    fabulous approach to life.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      sometimes not having the right answer is the right answer.

  4. kismaslife says:

    Love that last one!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The quote? As a short guy, I will always pay homage to guys like Spud Webb and Napoleon.

  5. Great job you did Down Under, foreign exchange student! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey thanks for coming down there, mate. That’s quite a haul for you.

  6. ProteanMom says:

    Ambition – Down Under. Sounds like a Hallmark made for TV movie title. Headed over anyway! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Starring Faith Ford and Dean Cain? I could see it. Thanks for taking the trip, Kim!

  7. Nicola Young says:

    Great post. I believe in helping my kids to think positively about whatever they set out to do. Hearing the words ‘I can’t do it’ really grates on me. I want them to know that they can achieve the things they set their sights on if they work at it. Giving up on something at the first hurdle is the easy option. It’s starts with the little things – like maths homework!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Nikki! With a positive attitude, I think it helps keep ambition to healthy levels. Kid should realize they might have limits, but not be willing to give up easily.

      Again, more of that balancing act.

      The easy way out should rarely be the option, should it?

  8. Carrie Cannady says:

    Well done, Eli. Hearts win every time. The world can’t give you that; it sure can take it away, though. My children have their own children. I enjoy watching who my thirty-something sons are becoming as well as how their children are navigating with the heart centered guidance of their parents. Thank you for the perspective on ambition. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Carrie. I hope hearts come out ahead most times. I don’t think it’s easy often.

      We all have to remember we’re always on call as role models, right? Someday, I’ll even go back and finish my degree. The kids are watching and all.

      1. Carrie Cannady says:

        Only do it, if it feels right to you. You probably teach them something better – choosing whats right, rather than giving into societal pressures. Live YOUR truth, Not someone else’s. There is no better lesson.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I definitely have done that so far, or tried, at least!

  9. Lyn says:

    All I can say Eli, is be thankful you weren’t an exchange student down here on Sunday 😀 The temperature where I live reached 45.3C which equates to 113.54 F. Not a very pleasant day at all. Praise the LORD today is cooler – 25C.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I forget that you’re going into summer down there. I didn’t pack well at all. It’s 60 and cloudy here, which is about 15.5 Celsius. That just sounds cold.

      Now I remember on Thornbirds when they were telling each other Merry Christmas in the dead of summer.

  10. elleseesyou says:

    congrats on the features, eli!

  11. Ann Koplow says:

    No matter where it is, there you are (and I’m grateful).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      And I’m thankful for your visit, Ann!

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