Having just realised that many of my friends don't have any particular ambition, which came as quite a shock, I've been pondering this question quite a bit the past few days. My initial reaction was that a life without ambition seems somewhat pointless. If all you live for is eating, sleeping and the occasional holiday then... well... erm? Given that the crowd here is (presumably) a little bit ambitious, I would be very interested in hearing your opinions: Is having a life goal a prerequisite for happiness and fulfilment? Or is it a threat to happiness? Is achieving an ambition worse than not achieving it? (i.e. what do you do next?) Why do people without ambitions seem the happiest? Can one remove one's ambitions from one's own head!? Someone pointed me to this brilliant Alan Watts recording (found on Paul H's blog): Harwood Leon Alan Watts - SEM, distributed computing, agile programming Food for thought!