Dreams and Ambitions!


As I tried to go to sleep, I could not. There are three reasons for that : bugs, heat and thoughts in my mind.

I thought about the difference between ‘Dreams’ and ‘Ambitions’.

I checked the dictionary to see what they literally meant. Here is what I got :

DREAM (noun):

1.a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.

2. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.

3. an aspiration; goal; aim

4. a wild or vain fancy.

5. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.

AMBITION(noun):

1. an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment

2. the object, state, or result desired or sought after

3. desire for work or activity; energy

One can clearly see the difference in the adjectives used to give the definition. Whereas ‘Dream’ is defined as something which is/has “unreal beauty, charm or excellence, wild or vain fantasy, aspiration, involuntary vision”, ‘Ambition’ is defined by words like “achievement, distinction, willingness to strive for attainment of the goal, result desired or sought after , activity”. It pretty much makes clear that which one is grounded in practicality and which one is clearly not.

Based on this, I suspect there are two kinds of people : Dreamers and Ambitious People. And what a great difference one could see between the two. Often the latter types reach their goals in one lifetime and sometimes even surpass it. The former, may or may not reach there. More often than not, they don’t.

I have a kind of hunch ( may be totally absurd, then, may be not so much) that there is a difference in the magnitude of the vision. Whereas Ambition can see far enough, it is not very far from where we stand today. Dream however can cover a distance which itself may be called a dream distance. (See, how I brought in circular reference :P)

Ambitious people are successful most of the times, dreamers are not successful most of the times. But, when the equations change, histories happen, discoveries are made and the whole new world is opened to us.!!

I am a dreamer. I am half ashamed and half proud to say that. Let’s see how that 50:50 tilts in the future.


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