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’This book provides valuable insights from those who have achieved their ambition and continue to set goals and write plans to continue to achieve.’

Title: Ambition

Author: Rachel Bridge

Publisher: Wiley

Reviewer: Gemma Wilson, learning environment lead & clinical practice educator. Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT)

What was it like?

Ambition is what I would describe as a pleasurable light read. It’s full of lovely- sometimes quite thought provoking quotes, which have the desired effect to inspire and drive you. It’s an easy read, you can dip and deep out. The author sometimes states the obvious but I think that is what is almost brilliant about ”Ambition”. Simple things that we could do or should do but we often forget or jump straight to the next goal without following up or finishing. Throughout there is a tone of “can do” attitude and the advice or suggestions are straightforward and simplistic. I also liked the fact she has drawn on other individuals to give their accounts as to their success, sharing the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.

What were the highlights?

I particularly liked the way you can look through the contents page and it’s clear what this chapter is going to deliver. It means you can easily identify the areas that you may personally or professionally need to address and follow the advice accordingly, knowing its relevant to your particular need.

Strengths & weaknesses:

One of the strengths of ”Ambition” is the structure of the book, you can read a chapter and then move onto another section of the book- is not that you need to read from beginning to the end or order to build a picture or understand a greater message. Again the narrative is accurate, it creates a “can do” attitude, and it gives you simple snippets of advice. You are also encouraged to set goals, but there is discussion around how to set your goals, why set them? How can you measure your success? This in itself sounds so simplistic but for many of us, we may have an idea or be inspired and quite often see others achieve your ambition because we fail to set goals, verbalise or plan so how can we measure that we are on the right path?

Who should read it?

I feel this book could be read by anyone, from any walk of life working in any area they will find some relevance. I think you could be starting out in your career or in the midst. This book provides valuable insights from those who have achieved their ambition and continue to set goals and write plans to continue to achieve. This book can be used for a little bit of centring- if you feel your plans are not going to plan, have a read, you might just pick up a tip or two.

ambition cover

ambition cover

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