Ambition and Ruthlessness

Ambition and ruthlessness are so often found in the same persons that they are frequently confused, but, in truth, ruthlessness is generally a sign of personal weaknesses that impose natural limits on the fruition of one’s ambitions.

The man willing to do anything to get ahead generally can do nothing very well — and thus finds himself increasingly forced into pursuing criminality and vice as the means for fulfilling his ambitions. Yet plainly the Sergey Brin’s and Warren Buffett’s of American society confirm that it possible for talented people with scruples to be enormously successful.