Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Nature of Ambition


50 comments:

az said...

well, that's so true. Soemtimes though, it's not due to ambition. Things just get bigger and bigger until you can't handle them. The important thing is always: do what you love

Glen Isip said...

Such a sweet ending!

Kathryn said...

lovely ending, in fact the whole comic is lovely. i enjoyed the journey. :)

dean said...

Such a beautiful story. Love it!

syed said...

i still belive, There is nothing spontanous or natural about Human desires, we know what we desire but how do we what we desire, its all created from outside

Grant said...

Thanks all! I appreciate it.

@az: Great point.

Catie Chan said...

Someone posted your comic on 9gag. I'm glad to have stumbled upon it. Consider me a new fan. :)

Paintings said...

You've really captured the fun in these. So dynamic. I really love the guy on stilts!

Just found your blog and hope to see more great stuff from you this year!

Lisa said...

Grant, that is so sweet! Let's open our eyes. Now, it's like a movie in my head-- thanks to you.

Anonymous said...

Saw you reblogged on tumblr! And came here! It spoke volumes to me.

This is so true it hurts a bit. I wish I could get to the point where it's a valuable life experience but that's a long way to go still. I have the one thing I love and that's all I care about.

Jull said...

Thats kind of cute, isn't it... And true too. Which is eminently scary..

Anonymous said...

Worthy of the Cartoon Hall of Fame

Greasemonkey said...

This is the finest thing I've seen you create. Never lose your sense of whimsy!

ketepo said...

I really think your comics are wiser than a lot of philosophy!!!!!!great!!!

Cesar said...

Very neat explanation of something, sometimes hard to explain. Great comic!

Vinny C said...

True... So very true.

Bilal said...

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callaoyarenales said...

Seems that it's never too late to find good stuff. Became your fan instantly ;)
Great work!

Classof1 Homework Help said...

That's brilliant life advice presented in a beautiful comic.
Ambition is a great thing, but just like almost everything else has to be in moderation. So if you lose sight of where you began and what got you going, in the end when you look back in life, the scene may not be pretty good.

SEO said...

like it ^^

Anonymous said...

Grant, it feels like you made this for me! I had a pet-sitting/dog-walking business from age 7-17 because I love animals and was an entrepreneur...eventually worked at a cat hospital for 3 years in high school, which killed my desire to become a vet (too routine)....also volunteered at the zoo...As an adult, I am an indie designer with a popular tshirt line and still feel the same as your comic...self doubt, desire to be better at what i do, backlash, ultimately love design...thanks for creating this!!!

Mark said...

You don't necessarily have to go back to where you started when you go miserable. You just have to keep in mind where you started and all is gonna be well.

Grant said...

Thanks for the great comments!

@Anonymous: very cool, glad you can closely relate!


@Mark: I agree.

Anonymous said...

This is what i needed to see exactly right now. I just washed out of a tremendously intense program. A highly ambitious program I had sought out for years. I sacrificed all of my free time, all of my work time, my personal life for this program. I failed at the end. It was the first thing I've ever actually failed at in my life. In the end, when the dust settled, I realized that the girl I love was still there. Despite neglecting her, never being around, spending all of my time stressed out and exhausted, and taking it out on her she stood by me, weathered the storm, and picked me up when I fell. and I will love her forever for it.

UndeadRadi0 said...

This is beautiful

Anonymous said...

This reminded me of some of my favorite Dr Seuss stories - fun story and beautiful illustrations, with a powerful message that kinds of sneaks up on you, which makes it even more compelling. Well done!

Donne Roma said...

:)) It's great...love your post!

Anna Pini said...

Sooo true!!!! I love it ;)

Vikalp Kumar said...

Well done my friend. I know how difficult it is to combine art and apparent philosophy. I really liked your cartoons. I don't know why these cartoons made me remember Calvin and Hobbes. Thank you very much for sharing your creative work.

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Dickens.Charlie said...

Great work and excellent information...

Rafael Cruz said...

This is brilliant and beautiful!

faithskydiving said...

Awesome. It's very true.It's like the Japanese fisherman who was encountered by the American business. Lying on the beach, the Japanese man was lectured on how he could work harder than just lie down like that so that he could have greater business, form and empire, earn huge profits, go for a vacation and rest at the beach under the sun, to which the small time Japanese fisherman replied, "Isn't that what I am doing now?"

Great illustration. Ingenious idea. Keep it up!

Swetha said...

Reality of life described in simple sentences and comic strip. Amazing piece.

Akemi Agura said...

Hi there! I saw this comic in 9gag and I decided to share it in my blog as part of an encouraging post for my friends :) I properly linked to your site though so don't worry :D

Hanna Mariz said...

Sometimes it's always better to stick out to one thing specific thing first before venturing to a bigger responsibility which means you have to once again invest bunch of effort and care. Just like in having a pet you have to concentrate in caring a one or two pet first because if you decided to adopt or have more the tendency would be there's a possibility that you neglect the other they will go away from your care. That's why it's important to know your priorities and what do you want to do first.

King Olumi said...

Do what you love, love what you do. Keep your eye on your goal and soon, people will notice

Olumide said...

Standing out is a choice. You may get laughed at or ridiculed but no one knows the vision you saw, so no one will understand the steps you take until you arrive at the finish line an accomplished man, worth listening to

Jhon said...

effing great. This struck me to the core. This is how humans are consumed by fame.

atozhotactress stills said...

ha ha ha...really nice cartoon

virengiri said...

Very true and convincing. The road to great of course has such steps to be followed and probably the consequences as well. But still who dares wins....and the rest who do not dare read the history and increase the knowledge....to be passed on to the kids and the history goes on!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I really needed to see this

Noel Babas said...

simple but with great message..... thank you for sharing your talent...

Tina said...

Try again, learn from mistakes (when you can't handle them anymore)... success is waiting for you.

Mervik Haums said...

Aww, Grant, as always, simple and convincing with a wonderful message. Thank you very much.

Charles Moffett said...

Hello Grant: Beautiful and insightful comic for it does say much. One of those in particular is that IF True, that the nature of ambition as stated THEN that nature ends with what one begins with. I don't believe that part is true as much as the comic storyboard itself perhaps means to communicate that said nature is cyclic from the get-go. Just saying. BTW: thistle is not a robot.

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PAPITETO said...

lovely and very true one which we all are facing in our life cycle

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old thread but I just saw this cartoon and I want to thank you for creating it; it really means a lot to me. Brings me to tears every time I read it. I was cursed with being "creative," thus doomed to a miserable and lonely existence, and this cartoon provided some desperately needed comfort and affirmation. Just want to reciprocate and say your art made a difference in someone's life. Thank you!

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