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Topics: Ethics, Virtue, Thing Pages: 5 (2195 words) Published: October 7, 2010
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Ethical Ambition

Ethical Ambition was written by Derrick Bell. Ethical Ambition is a series of meditations that not only challenges us as readers to face some of the most difficult questions that life presents. This was an inspiration because it makes you think and meditate if you are really doing what you want. This book was meant to be an outline for teaching us the potential for success, without betraying our own beliefs or morals. This was very interesting because it makes you think and wonder if all the thing you have done in the past were made with passion, like working hard to get were you are in school. For me it was a wake up call because before I would not even have the passion in my school work, I might have passion in other things, but what you should have passion is in your academics because without it you would not be successful.

In this first chapter it talks about the power in passion. I believe that we all have the power to do anything that what we want, but sometimes we forget to have that passion. We forget because we live in a world that everything you do will be criticized and we are afraid to put it out there. I liked a sentence in this chapter that really stood out “passion is not an event but an energy; and it’s an energy that exists in all of us, all the time.” This energy inside of us might be sleeping, but you can wake it up if you want, if you wake it up it’s because you won’t let it be a big heavy load. Passion for me is the feeling that you get when you are excited to do something. There are people that lack passion in what they fight for and want. I am jealous of those people that work hard and are not afraid to stand for what they believe, for example, Martin Luther King Jr., he had the passion to fight for what he thought was right, the way he defended all the African Americans and how he never gave up. That is a man that even if it took away his life he fought and fought and now all those African Americans are free because of that passionate person. His soul was full of passion and that is how we have to be, we have the choice to have passion in our school work and not only on school work but also in ourselves and our hearts then this will give us a step more close for success in the future.

The next chapter was very interesting because it talks about courage. Courage has many meanings and people interpret it different than others. Some people ask themselves what is courage, do I have the courage within my self to do what I want, or to stand up for what I believe. I think that we all have courage but in some persons it is hidden. I feel that true courage is doing whatever needs to be done regardless of how you feel. For instance, if you run into a burning building to safe a baby from burning is it a courageous thing you did? Some people might think that this was an instinct rather than being courageous. I believe you have to have courage to succeed in just about everything you do cause without the courage to do something you'd be just sitting in a corner sucking your thumb. In life, one must have the courage to stand up for what they believe in, courage to be oneself and the courage to go out and experience new things. Risk taking is essential in ones life because the decisions you make might be wrong or right but it helps you grow and mature as a human being. We have to take risks in this life in order to keep on going even if it means falling and it makes you stronger. I think that is why we are here in this life to make mistake and learn from them. Like people say what makes you fall makes you stronger. I think risk taking is a variation of things. Is about doing the things you want to do before you die. I believe that risk taking keeps you young in a positive way. It keeps your mind alert, goals present, physical nature active, and personality adjusting. I can’t imagine myself without taking risk. Every decision you make and everything you do is a risk,...
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