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Task：In modern society, ambition is more and more important. How important is ambition for being successful in life? Is it a positive or negative characteristic?
Around us there are many people who are ambitious and always work hard to achieve what they want, but there are also many who seem to have nothing to squeeze out of life. My observation is that people with ambition are more likely to succeed in life than those without.
To be sure, ambition is like the force driving people to move on toward their goals. With certain ambition in mind, people will set about making plans, taking actions and then will persist when they encounter difficulties. My friend John is a perfect example. Ten years ago, when I first got to know him, he told me he dreamed of becoming the best photographer in this country. Then he began to travel to all places in China, no matter how dangerous and remote they are and just last month he published his first photography book which contains a lot of fantastic pictures he took. On the other hand, if one does not have ambition, s/he may simply loaf around without knowing what lies ahead. Indeed, this kind of life is perhaps not that bad, for it is carefree and less worrying, but it contributes little to one’s success in life, if success is defined as earning more money, staying at the top of the social ladder or making more contribution to the world.
Seen in this light, ambition is undoubtedly something positive and healthy. But like anything else, ambition may become negative and harmful if it is not treated properly. I know many ambitious people who end up in prison because they tried to realize their ambition through illegal means, and I also know a few people who made suicidal attempts after they failed to achieve their ambition. So honestly, ambition is like both an angel and a devil. Whether ambition becomes an angel or a devil depends on how people take it.