Larger profile pictures

Starting from today, we now support larger profile pictures! When you upload a new picture to your profile, we will create a larger copy of that picture as well as the thumbnails we created before. The larger copy of a member's profile image can then be viewed by clicking on their thumbnail on their public profile page.

Note that in order to avail of these larger images, existing members must upload their profile pictures again. Older accounts with just small thumbnails will remain unchanged until those members update their pictures.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and that it will encourage members to upload nice profile images!

Date Added: 2014-08-08


Following a member

You can now follow other members of MyBigAmbitions! To follow a member, you need to login and then visit the profile page of the member, then click on the "Follow" button.

When you follow another member, you will receive updates about that member on the following items:

  • New ambitions
  • New comments on ambitions
  • New follows

These updates appear on the new "updates" tab of your profile.

We will add in more update notifications, such as profile updates, status updates, very soon.

When you follow a member, that member will receive an email telling them that you have followed them, which will include a link to your MyBigAmbitions profile. The member will also gain 5 karma points for each follow they receive.

What happens if someone follows me?

You will be notified if another member follows you via email. Your new follower will receive updates about you on their "updates" tab. You will receive 5 karma points for each new follower you gain.

We hope you enjoy this feature, and we will continue to improve upon it in the coming weeks.

Date Added: 2014-08-01

Introducing karma points

We have introduced karma points to the website. Initially, you can earn karma points by filling out your profile using the following rules:

Profile action Karma points earned
Add an ambition +1
Add a comment to an ambition +1
Add a profile picture +5
Set your country +1
Add a biography +5
Add a Twitter account +10
Set your gender +1
Set you site URL +1

In a short while, we will add other ways to earn karma points, like inviting your friends to join, adding followers, or uploading photographs to your ambitions.

Once you earn enough karma, you will appear on our "Top members" page here

Date Added: 2014-06-23

Griffin Furlong on the power of ambition

NBC News has published an inspiring article about Griffin Furlong, a Florida teenager who had to overcome many personal obstacles, including homelessness, to graduate from high school with honors.

We love this quote from Griffin from his graduation speech:

"Don't dwell on the past, use it as motivation for your future," he told the graduates. "It's amazing what you can do with your life when you have motivation, ambition and most importantly, a purpose."

We could not agree more. You can read the full article here.

Date Added: 2014-06-05

Site relaunch

Welcome to the relaunched version of our website! We have been working hard to redesign the entire interface, and we hope that you like our new look.

We are also working hard on adding new features to the site for our users to enjoy, starting we a completely redesigned Popular ambitions section.

Stay tuned for updates on new improvements as they happen here!

Date Added: 2014-06-02

Improved language support

We have improved the language support on the site to support all languages, so now you can share your:












...with the World it your native language!

Date Added: 2013-11-16

The Six Principals of High Achievement

Image from Rom Brafman

In a recent podcast interview for Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn interviews the author and psychologist Rom Brafman about his book: Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail and the 6 principles of high achievement. The interview is a fascinating overview of the topics covered in the book, you can listen to it here:

The Six Principles of High Achievement

In the book, Rom describes people who find themselves in difficult situations in life, some even born into them, and yet somehow they manage to push through their obstacles and still become successful. Rom calls these people "tunnelers", due to their ability to tunnel through adversity.

Another interesting concept that Rom discusses in the podcast and the book is that of satellites: used here to describe people who act as a form of mentor that help tunnelers to achieve their goals. Overall it is a fascinating book, which is backed up be extensive research. The book is available on Amazon here:

Date Added: 2012-05-30

A Year of Festivals in Ireland

Photo from Mark Graham

Mark Graham (AKA festivalmonkey) has a big ambition: to attend three festivals in Ireland, every week, for a year! In between lecturing in music at the Waterford Institute of Technology in south-east Ireland, Mark takes the time to attend at least three different festivals in Ireland every week, some of which have included:

  • Scarecrow Championships at the Howya1 festival in Durrow
  • Egg Throwing at the Culchie2 Festival in Mohill
  • Attending the Puck Fair, Ireland oldest traditional fair

According to Mark:

The more weird and wonderful the festival, the better. I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty!

Mark is now more than half-way through his year-long adventure, and is due to finish in September 2012. You can follow his exploits on his blog, or on his Twitter account.

  1. Howya is an Irish abbreviation of "How are you". 

  2. Culchie is Irish slang used to describe someone who is from the countryside. 

Date Added: 2012-05-10

Barack Obama on the poverty of ambition

Photo by Image Editor

"We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential."

Barack Obama, Daily Southtown, Feb. 19, 2005

I love this quote on ambition from Barack Obama, as it reminds us that we have to work really hard to achieve our ambitions. All of the trappings of success may come to us once we meet our ambitions (assuming that our ambitions are for material gain), but they will not be handed to us for free.

The use of "poverty of ambition" is also clever, because it associates in our minds poverty as a consequence of the lack of ambitions. The implication seems to be that the poverty (or lack) of ambition will lead to real poverty. It appears to be a favoured play on words by President Obama, as he used it in a subsequent speach:

"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled."

Barack Obama, speech, Jul. 12, 2006

Once again, an excellent quote on ambition as it reminds us that not all ambitions should be material in nature, and indeed these kind of ambitions can leave you feeling unfulfilled.

Date Added: 2012-04-10 on Google+

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Feel free to say hello to us while you're there, we would love to hear your feedback!

Date Added: 2012-04-03