We are ambitious people at Universal Events, Inc. We find satisfaction in setting goals and then exceeding them, but we also believe it’s important to be grateful for what we have. The difficulty many determined professionals have is in finding a balance between appreciation for their current situation and the need for achievement. Here are some strategies for getting more out of life while still feeling good about yourself today. First, make reading a priority. Reading is one of the simplest and most effective ways to develop personally and professionally. Committing to read just 30 minutes a day translates into 180 hours of reading in a year; plenty of time to strengthen existing knowledge or learn something completely new. Next, consider philanthropy. There are innumerable charities and organizations that could use your help, and simply acting on your conviction will help you become more confident. Likewise, travel is a great way to broaden your horizons. You don’t have to become a globetrotter either – just pick a spot on the map an hour away from home you’ve never seen before and go. Finally, set fitness goals. The self-esteem and mental health that comes from sticking with an exercise program are at least as valuable as the way you physically feel. There are also opportunities to learn life lessons about perseverance and motivation while creating a whole new social circle. Being ambitious does not have to mean being unhappy. Use these tips from Universal Events, Inc. to strike a balance between gratitude and achievement in your life.