Most people who did great things were clumped together in a few places where that sort of thing was done at the time.
You can see how powerful cities are from something I wrote about earlier: the case of the Milanese Leonardo.
Ambitious people take charge of their destiny and don't expect others to bow down to their needs. They know where they are going and what they have to do to get there.
They are capable of changing and measuring up to their dreams, always watchful of the opportunities that are out there for those who are willing to see them and seize them.
The reason people there care about Larry and Sergey is not their wealth but the fact that they control Google, which affects practically everyone. Where you live should make at most a couple percent difference.
But if you look at the historical evidence, it seems to matter more than that. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: you could do more; you should try harder. But the clearest message is that you should be richer.New York tells you, above all: you should make more money. You really should get around to reading all those books you've been meaning to.Only in this way will be have the thriving, fair and equitable workplace--and world--that we all want and deserve! The surprising thing is how different these messages can be. What I like about Boston (or rather Cambridge) is that the message there is: you should be smarter.We are very quick at mistaking it with ambition unchecked.It is as if every ambitious person was inherently capable and willing to harm others.We must teach our children the power of ambition and dreaming big.These are major motivators of personal and collective success.People without ambition aren't truly honest with themselves: they don't have the courage to take the risks required to be successful, they don't build themselves up in order to live up to their potential.Unfortunately, it's as if their wings are tied behind their backs and they don't even realize it...