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Ambition What New Zealanders Think And Why It Matters

Ambition What New Zealanders Think And Why It Matters

A new book argues that it is no wonder our national attitude to ambition is so conflicted in New Zealand - we all want to get along so badly, we can't bear to stand out.

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ISBN 9780473458157
Published 8 March 2019
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fry, Julie
By Glass, Hayden
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ISBN-13 9780473458157
ISBN-10 0473458152
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Project Ambition NZ Ltd
Publication Date 8 March 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fry, Julie
By Glass, Hayden
Category History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 972232

Description of this Book

In Ambition: What New Zealanders Think and Why it Matters, consulting economists Julie Fry and Hayden Glass draw on research and writing about ambition in New Zealand over time, and compare it with the results of a national survey and a set of face-to-face interviews they conducted last year. The book explores the connections between ambition and economic performance, wellbeing, national identity, and satisfaction in our personal and family lives. Many commentators say New Zealanders lack ambition, and that aspects of our character, or our comfortable lives, limit our achievements. We are said to be too keen on time off, too concerned about everyone fitting in, suspicious of people who try too hard, enthusiastic about humility, afraid of risk and failure, and unmotivated everywhere but on the sports field. The book reveals that actually New Zealanders are plenty ambitious. We just put a really high value on being relatable and minimising social distance. And this means that we struggle to celebrate each other's achievements or feel safe talking about our plans and dreams with others, says Fry. Ambition is interesting because how big we dream is a major determinant of how far we can go, in business, in government or in life. It also depends on circumstances. For some people, it might mean wanting to make changes at a global scale. For others, dreams focused much closer to home might require no less stretch. Our research shows that New Zealanders have very strong views on what it is okay to be ambitious about and how we should go about advancing our dreams. We want this book to spark a conversation. We hope that it enables more New Zealanders to feel comfortable being more ambitious about more things: business, the environment, our people, our languages, civic contribution, the world. The book is part of a broader project, AmbitionNZ. The authors have filmed interviews with a couple of hundred people from all walks of life, from farmers and teachers to entrepreneurs, students, sports stars and politicians. A selection of these interviews are shared on the project's YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAJ-8IKsvv1jqU4RiWf_lvw. More information about the project can be found at www.ambition.nz.

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