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Blueprinting Ambition

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With the summer season falling into a transitional season to greet the autumn months ahead, I can’t help but affiliate this time of the year to a new dose of energy in the year. Summer is about sauntering through the season, long days allow for a little room to play and nurture; stop and breathe. August, which was usually my first month back to the academic year, has always been about starting new. Each year in grade school I would come back with a series of new things in the wardrobe, a fresh hair cut, and a jar full of ambition to take me through excelling the year ahead.

Now that I am an adult, a proper working adult, I find that those “slower periods” are for the moments where you cut ahead and move forward. My mentor from when I lived in DC had always told me to “work efficiently instead of endlessly.” He continued with saying that when people rested, you took that time to grow and when people blueprinted their next move you use that time to set sail.

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Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition

As you sleep, I plan.

I used to associate my mentor’s advice with a bit of crazy talk, but it seemed my parents had the same mindset growing up as summer holidays were full of swim lessons, honing piano skills and taking an extra private tennis lesson each week. We took summers as an opportunity to perfect our skills and as the month of August greeted a “new year” came competition, matches and recitals as the name of the game.

Not too long ago, I shared a bit about how I often let go of personal plans to make room to get a bit of work done. And though my tireless hours can be considered as not too healthy, my ambitious goals are what keep me awake at night to continue to push just that much harder just because I love to live a certain lifestyle, have more exciting stories and want to be someone not associated with a single person among the masses. I truly believe in being exceptional and nothing below that.

Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition

As times change

And just like any event, priorities change and your energy is refocused. This comes when chapters come to an end. And in that time, you continue to push for what is most important to you and you empathize and communicate these changes with the people around you that may be attached to your drive in some capacity. My mentor, a high representative of the diplomatic and intelligence community for the United States Federal Government, took the back seat on his career ambitions around the time I went to graduate school {and most conveniently during major diplomatic upheavals} and though his refocused efforts had a drastic impact on many correspondences and units across the world, his communication did not cease there as he knew people had their hopes to grow in this field.

In the end, you are part of a puzzle of a greater masterpiece. No matter the cadence, continue to persevere. Blueprinting your next big project doesn’t mean to turn a blind eye to those you’ve once had on your team. The world only continues to go round because of each of our contributions to it and no matter how linear your goals are, there are people along the way of all capacities that are {or ultimately will be} your that piece

Blueprinting Ambition
Blueprinting Ambition