How to Be More Ambitious

Limit Your Downsides

  • Anticipating what might go wrong and taking appropriate, preventive steps.
  • Limiting the risks associated with your proposed task, project, or goal, perhaps by scaling back your plans or taking several small steps instead of one big one.
  • Creating some kind of a “safety net,” where possible, so falling short is not catastrophic.

Make a Backup Plan

Gear Up

  • Stockpiling enough resources — money, food, tools, supplies, or whatever — so you’ll have all you’ll need while you’re making your ambitious attempt.
  • Learning and getting comfortable with the specific knowledge, skills, and talents that will make accomplishing your ambitious task, project, or goal more likely.
  • Optimizing the timing of your ambitious attempt so that you’re mentally, physically, and emotionally ready to make a maximum effort.



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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz


Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”