I still have a great amount of ambition but it is significantly less blind. I'm more careful with my time and more aware of the true cost of my career decisions. I no longer hold myself to arbitrary expectations.
Someone once asked during a conversation in 2007 what I would do if my startup sold for a lot of money. Most founders have an answer at the ready. They were planning to be rich down to the car model and house square footage. I wasn't and my mind was blank.
No sooner did the words come out of my mouth did I realize how ridiculous this sounded. I was working myself raw for this startup and all I could think of doing with the payoff was take a vacation. What was wrong with me?