Ronnie Oldham's Core Values

Ambition

"The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore…Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible…It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors…to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown."
                                                                                          Ferdinand Magellan,
                                                                                                                        Explorer (circa 1520)

    Ambition is the arrogance to believe in one's own potential. It is having the confidence and self-esteem necessary to seek ever-increasing challenges. It is the tenacity and perseverance that makes goals happen. Ambition is a passion for achieving, an unquenchable thirst for more and better. It is never content with the status quo. In practice, ambition requires vision, purpose, and optimism. It is the individual visualization of what can be and the belief that it will be.

    For as long as I can remember, I have been an aggressive go-getter, systematically working toward identified goals. My friends have always considered me ambitious and unsatisfied. I have always looked for a larger purpose behind my actions and for ways to influence my future prospects. For years, I maintained some guilt with regard to my ambition. Somehow the same Judeo-Christian environment that fostered integrity seemed to require humility, rather than ambition. I lost this guilt as I matured.

    One specific individual does figure prominently in the maturation of my ambition. Bruce Wedgwood, my sales manager for over five years, often confided in me. We shared similar backgrounds and values. Bruce viewed me as a peer that was a few rungs below him on the ladder of success. We talked freely about the company and our personal lives. He helped me to realize that I was not trying to be someone I am not. I do not particularly desire a high society lifestyle. If fact, I have found that although I am not intimidated by money and power, I do not often seek association with the rich and famous. Bruce helped me to realize that all I really wanted was some of the stuff they possess and the satisfaction of knowing that I am just as capable of acquiring material success. For me, wealth is a means of keeping score, as well as a mechanism for ensuring that I am able to effectively provide a comfortable and nurturing lifestyle for my family. Wealth allows leisure and adventure.

    Through smart business, I will become wealthy. I will live my life as a gift and a great adventure. I will dare to make mistakes. I will reach higher than I think I can and I will make dreams come true.

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