• John Macedo

AMBITION is a great thing to have in construction.

Updated: Jul 28

For employers, employees or projects supervisors, ambition is a desire to succeed and move forward in a place of work or career. In the workplace, this desire is your propelling force to achieve new things and move up the success ladder.

As an employer or employee, ambition plays a vital role in the success of your work. As workers, we need to know how climbing the success ladder works.

In this article, we will be showing you the importance of healthy ambition. We will also make it more interactive by asking the reader to check specific areas of his/her life.

By asking questions such as:

  • Are you happy with your career or, is there any reason for not improving your skillset? Such questions create awareness of just how ambitious you are.

  • Everyone, including your project manager favour ambitious construction workers. This is because ambitious workers have great enthusiasm, are keen to learn work hard, which positively affects the bottom line.

✳️ To grow in your career, you need these two things, namely:


The magic of this whole concept is that it is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. You may use it as a guide for your business, a guide to yourself when chasing a pay raise or as a guide to your workers, helping them strive for the company and for themselves.

We, humans, tend to make things more complicated than they really are tend to create excuses and reasons not to do things. Even if we let aside the money for a bit, responsibility and trustworthiness are important for life.

Even now you may be finding reasons to NOT chase more responsibility, or trustworthiness.

Maybe you’ll say that people don't deserve you, or your career is a dead end, or worst, your marriage. Or you may look at your own life in search for a few things that can be used as a reason not to do anything, like: “I don't have the time” or “This is not the best time”.

But in reality, ALL WE REALLY NEED TO DO is be responsible and live a life of trust and this will go a long way to improve our way of life; our families, jobs, marriages, friendships or relationships of any sorts.


I always remember the scene of the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. Edmond Dante, the main Character, was thrown in jail for a life sentence for the crime of falling in love with the wrong woman. The jail was in a castle on an Island, where he was to be in solitary confinement until the end of his days.

A few years in, on a regular day in his cell, the stones in the floor started to move. He freaks out while an old man comes out of the ground like a growing plant.

He soon realises that the man was another prisoner (Abba), who upon seeing that he is in Edmond's cell realises he dug a tunnel in the wrong direction. He proceeds to ask for Edmond's help in digging a new tunnel, this time to the right direction, which would take another six years to reach the outside walls. After that, the two physically depleted prisoners would proceed to make a run for their lives through the island and swim a few miles from the island to the continent.

Edmond laughs at the insanity of the project.

  • Abba sarcastically says: You must be something better to do. Maybe you have a girlfriend or something... Well... he didn't. So they dug.

  • Now: Do YOU have anything better to do? Remember that not taking a project, or making a decision, will result in you staying in the same place.

  • Not doing anything is doing something, in this case: nothing. In Edmond’s case it was a cell, so digging was really the only thing he could do.

  • I invite you to have a look at your own life and check: Are you stuck ? If yes, maybe it's time to dig and if it takes years, it takes years. So, if I mean you should take more responsibility and be more trustworthy, the answer is: YES, As much as you can bear.

It will be very hard and time demanding. If you want to call it that, you’ll be absolutely right.


When you're keen to lo learn, be dedicated and humble, you'd be amazed how things can move fast for you. This is me:

  1. First day on site

  2. Experiencing the "Growth Pains"

  3. Running projects as Foreman an Excavator Operator

It took about three years. And it worth it.

(This was just before I started running Spades Labour Hire full time)

It wasn't a easy ride. I had plenty of bad days and many huge mistakes - including sliding a machine into a creek.

But when I thought about what I wanted to do and achieve I felt inspired and motivated. I felt happy about my work and in control of my own days (most of). I was not working for someone else, I was working for myself even though I was within someone else's company.

A good thing about construction is that when doors are not opening you can always build one. The Construction Industry in Australia NEEDS skills. If you're keen to go through the "growth pains" and get yourself dirty like I did It's just a matter of time for you to move up the ranks and succeed.

Regardless if you want to climb the career ladder or having your own company, Ambition and goals are great things to have.

✳️ Here's some suggestions:

If you're new to the construction, start today by reading tips to be a better labourer by clicking here. KEEP IN MIND:

Never be afraid to chase more responsibility, take new challenges or strive to become a more trustworthy person at your place of work. Simple actions such as these will significantly help you regardless of your career path. Ambition can be a great tool in increasing productivity and earning more salary. However, you should be careful with how you use it.

An ambition with the wrong mindset or attitude can be catastrophic for both the company and you. Never go over other people nor be disrespectful.

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