Welcome to JFS School's official Blog. This is our third year of the blog and represents a chance for our new team of intrepid student journalists to write what's on their minds. The Autumn term’s blog theme focuses on “Inspiration” - so stay tuned for some fantastic creative writing.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

AMBITION: From Evolution to Chocolate - Ambition’s Power

Life is full of ambition. If it weren’t for our intrepid ancestors who first ventured out from their hunter-gatherer ways and into an agricultural revolution, civilisation as we know it could never have been achieved. If it weren’t for the audacious scientists at NASA and the Soviet Space Programme, man would never have set foot on the moon; and, if it weren’t for the aspiring Mr John Cadbury, mankind would never have sampled the sweet, blissful taste of a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate bar. Ambition is what motivates people and makes them strive to make the world a better place, be it to feed humankind, or supply us with divine chocolate.

Ambition resonates with me. Ever since I first read a copy of The Times newspaper, I have yearned to follow in the footsteps of the great correspondents John Simpson, Sydney Schanberg and John Swain. In fact, this is why I am writing this very piece of writing now, because my ambition is to become a journalist of the highest order (Pulitzer Prize included). The American academic and former reporter Samantha Power once said, ‘I got into journalism as a means to try to change the world’; this is a mantra (I hope) all credible journalists hold dear to their great profession and one I hope to carry with me into the future as I strive to become a more talented writer.

Possessing an ambition is a gift. There are too many people in this world who seem to be content with living life for the sake of living. Humans possess an incredible ability to actually be aware of their own existence. With this consciousness, man has the capability of striving for greatness. This is why ambition should not be taken for granted and why it is infuriating to see people who don’t want to make a difference, who don’t see the need to improve the world, or who don’t even want to make something of themselves. There is always the argument that those with fewer opportunities just can’t afford to aspire to achieve great things for civilisation. But I say our modern, developed and globalised world brings such bright openings to one and all that each and every human in the established world, regardless of their background or status, can aspire to do astounding things. Ambition drives greatness and greatness makes our big, brilliant blue marble even better.