Ambi­tion Addiction

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May 16, 2017

Ambi­tion is a bless­ing. It is a key moti­va­tor dri­ving us to achieve our hopes and dreams. But for many in our Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty accom­plish­ment is not enough. Growth will not suf­fice. We live with­in a larg­er cul­ture obsessed with fame and celebri­ty; as such the burn­ing desire for acclaim con­quest and dom­i­na­tion can be over­whelm­ing — to the detri­ment of our phys­i­cal emo­tion­al and spir­i­tu­al lives. This is ambi­tion addic­tion: the all-encom­pass­ing yearn­ing for suc­cess at any cost. Self-described ambi­tion addict Rab­bi Ben­jamin Shal­va has writ­ten an insight­ful and illu­mi­nat­ing book for any­one who wants to con­trol that destruc­tive strain of ambi­tion and live with integri­ty. He iden­ti­fies the signs and symp­toms of ambi­tion addic­tion and pro­files icon­ic achiev­ers to help read­ers iden­ti­fy unhealthy moti­va­tions. Then he reveals the five steps to liv­ing a ful­fill­ing life of healthy pro­duc­tive ambi­tion in which grand but elu­sive fan­tasies give way to the true hap­pi­ness of the here and now.

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