A debut spiritual treatise focuses on the nature of ambition.
Ambition has been labeled a conspicuous evil in modern times, a source of corruption and overreach, a sin to be fought rather than a virtue to be embraced. In his book, Timbo argues that this is a fundamental misreading of a key element of the human psyche. “Ambition is not the problem,” he writes. “The problem lies in the nature or character of the individuals who use that good thing within them solely to achieve their carnal goals; gun violence, prostitution, corruption in government and business, deception, adultery, and more.” In addition to this personal perversion of the qualities of ambition, the author identifies another significant danger: mediocrity. He characterizes this as an addiction, no different to the personality than snake venom to the body, and it’s in this context that Timbo writes that mediocrity is the ultimate thwarting of ambition. The author urges his readers to defeat this weakness and climb out of their own personal pit in order to achieve greatness, which they may not be able to see but that is calling to them all the same (“Life has a way of sometimes helping us get a taste of our destiny”). An appealing narrative of motivational encouragement emerges from this broader discussion of ambition and mediocrity. Timbo sees his readers’ ambitions as the key to their success at overcoming challenges: “If your original situation is a mess or dysfunctional, you were not born into it to be it. You were born into it to change it.” The crucial questions at the heart of the author’s short, energetic manifesto are disarmingly simple: What is your character? Armed with ambition, will you succumb to the many evils Timbo explains, or will you use it to overcome mediocrity and reach your full potential? Readers who have felt the pull of ambition and perhaps distrusted it should find some intriguing reading here.
A passionate defense of ambition and a challenge to those who misunderstand or misuse it.