A few years ago I was chatting with a friend of mine, who had a glittering career in the investment banking world. I asked what the ceiling was to his ambition. Was his dream to be CEO?
“No chance,” he said, “because I’m not a psychopath.”
I spluttered into my glass that that seemed a little harsh, but he elaborated. There was always someone more single-minded than you out there, always someone more willing to sacrifice for the pursuit of their ambition, and he just wasn’t willing to put in 90-hour weeks for the next 10 or 15 years to keep up with them.