This is a reprint of a column I published back in February 2010. Take it for what it’s worth.

Lately, I’ve been having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of reconciling ambition with Zen.

Most of us know what ambition is, so I won’t go into a lengthy explanation. But, in short, I think of ambition as aspirations. I think of ambition in terms of long-term goals we’d like to accomplish (whether that’s…