June 2022 Newsletter Ambitious People

Ambitious people


People who are ambitious usually accomplish much more than those who are not. If you think back on your past successes, I can promise you that having ambition helped you in your journey.


Would you describe yourself as ambitious? The word ambitious means “having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous; having a desire to achieve a particular goal.”


From my point of view, passion and enthusiasm are the same as ambition. The more enthusiastic and excited I am about something, the better I am going to do at it. Excitement is contagious, and when people see how excited you are, there is a good chance that they will help you achieve your goals.


Being ambitious expands the upper limits of what you can achieve. If you are ambitious, you are probably aiming for goals that may be difficult to achieve and are often the key to a successful life. You know how much of an advocate I am on setting goals. Without written goals, your dreams and wishes are merely fantasies.


Many people wonder what it takes to succeed, and one of the answers that usually comes up is ambition. While it is clear that ambition can help you succeed, you will also need the 4 D’s that I have talked about in THE VAN DEEB PODCAST as well as my newsletters. Without discipline, desire, drive, and determination, you can have all the ambition in the world and it won’t be effective.


Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you. Distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. Create space for positive people to come into your life.”  Roy T. Bennett


Whether or not ambition helps you succeed also depends on your definition of success. If you are driven to succeed in your career, your ambition could take you far. I am going on my 39th year in real estate and my 20th year in motivational speaking. I could not do either one if I was not over-the-top ambitious to be the best I can possibly be at both. You have to have a plan… a road map of how you are going to accomplish your goals.


“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
 Walter H. Cottingham


People who have ambition will generally go through many stages of personal development and growth. Because we are driven to be the best we can be, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our skills, talents, and behaviors. This means we are more aware of our positive traits as well as our flaws. I know that I am aware of what I need to work on to become a better me.


Most people who are very ambitious are financially stable. Those of us who have ambition and a desire to succeed often work harder and put in more hours than our counterparts do. Thanks to our long hours and dedication, we often earn more money than people who stick to a 9-to-5 schedule.


It is important to know that having ambition does not necessarily mean you will be rich. Not everyone with ambition makes it big in the world. However, people who have ambition can pay their bills and put food on the table without much concern.


People who are ambitious to succeed in their career tend to have a strong work ethic. We are not afraid of putting in the effort required to achieve our goals. We rarely call in sick to our jobs. We are completely focused on our goals, and all of our energy goes toward achieving our driving purpose.


Ambitious people are generally very courageous. We do not shy away from challenges that arise along our path to greatness. We face problems head on, with courage and strength. This is one reason why ambitious people are sometimes feared by others. We do not back down from any challenge, whatever form that challenge may take.


Ambitious people often recognize, much better than most, that there are no shortcuts to true success. We are more willing to put in the time and effort to do something right than to take a shortcut that might mean lower quality. Ambitious people are often perfectionists who want everything to be done exactly right, with true effort and diligence.


What are you ambitious to accomplish? Whatever it is, what are you waiting for? Go after it! Use your GOD-given talent to make your ambition a reality.





What People in the Audience are Saying…

With Van's passion, humor and experience you can be assured of one thing- your audience is going to get fired-up, built-up, and fully charged –up. As an entrepreneur at the top of his game Van is in the unique position of being able to "talk the talk" because he has "walked the walk". Over the years he has been a great inspiration to me and my staff. Van is a speaker with charisma, humility and impact and he's a difference maker in the lives of the people he touches…"

—George Akers // President, First Mortgage Corp.

I wanted to thank you for coming and speaking with our company today. I thought your presentation was awesome! I was really motivated and inspired by your thoughts and ideas. I will use this motivation to grow my business and my personal life.”

—Justin Pauls // Realtor, Tampa, Florida

We are delighted you will be accepting the award for Omaha’s Top 25 fastest growing companies. Congratulations on your outstanding growth and we wish you continued success.”

—Tracey Fortina // Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for running such a class act company. It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with someone such as yourself. I know you are probably one of the most respected businessmen in the region.”

—Dustin Talacko // Realtor, Omaha, Nebraska

Congratulations on writing “Selling from the heart” and thank you for sharing a copy with me. Your class has been one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve ever taken. Your enthusiasm and passion for your work are awesome. But the most refreshing part of the class was your delightful sense of humor. Thank you again for being a fantastic teacher.”

—Linda Reismeiler // Student at Randall School of Real Estate, Omaha, Nebraska

Kudos to you, Van, for reaching a major goal. But more than that...For successfully building one of Omaha’s best companies from scratch and making it thrive even in less than ideal market conditions. You have realized the American Dream...And brought it home to many, many others. My best to you!”

—Todd Andrews, Anchor and Producer, KETV Omaha

Having you here again was such a blessing to so many! As I looked at the pictures, I could see just how interested each and every person was in what you had to say!

This has been such a gift to our agents when they need it the most. The fact that you come, you are so genuine and caring, you are so honest, you are not trying to sell anything and your passion to help each and every person believe in themselves and become the best they can be is HUGE! The timing is perfect for us all helping and caring about each other, so, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving of yourself to help all of us!”

—Carolyn Summerton // First Mortgage Company of Idaho

I enjoyed your seminar and its focus. I was on the fence whether or not to attend and decided why not? I could have sat through an all day session if there was one, usually I end up at the seminars that start with a focus and quickly go astray. I found with yours time flew by too fast and it was already time to go but I wasn’t ready to go.”

—Scott Asbill, CDPE // Associate Broker, Realtor