There is a beautiful thing inside you that never dies. It is your hunger to win at all costs.

Five of Wands

The tarot card of the day is the Five of Wands.

When you draw the Five of Wands, it speaks to your need for competition. This card represents your initiative soul, drive, and sometimes dark desire.

The Five of Wands suggests that there is something you are striving for and that you are willing to put up a good fight to achieve.

Not everyone is born with a strong desire to be the best, it isn’t in all of our “software”. For example, those working in an industry as old as banking may have a more challenging time finding their ambition than those in a newer industry.

But for the sake of your personal development, that hunger to win must never die.

Think about where you might need to apply some extra competitive energy in your life right now. This fire inside will guide you to victory.

Balancing the Fine Line Between Success and Failure

Being first in line when there is a battle to be won feels like second nature to you. You live for the challenge, the thrill of victory.

But there is a downside to this competitive streak. When the need to win becomes all-consuming, it can lead to unsavory behavior — from cheating to trampling on the rights of others in your quest for success.

Imagine if something awful were to happen, and you were banking on your colleague to help you. But he refuses to do so because you may have bruised his ego on your way to success.

This is why you need to draw a line. So choose your battles wisely, and don't be afraid to lose once in a while. It's all part of the game. We can always reboot our “software”.

Use your competitive nature to drive you forward, but don't let it turn you into a win-at-all-costs monster. There is an important difference between winning no matter what and losing with dignity and grace.

Choose your battles wisely, and fight fair. Your reputation – and your conscience – will thank you for it.

Getting Lost in the Thrill of It All

The Five of Wands in reverse position suggests that you may have become so caught up in your need to win that you have lost sight of what is essential. You may be so focused on coming out on top that you miss the bigger picture.

Try to identify the source of your burning energy. Who or what are you fighting for? Once you have reconnected with your true motivations, you can use that energy to power your way to success.

The Five of Wands reversed can also be a sign that you feel like you can't keep up with everyone else. So take some time to recharge your batteries, and come back stronger than ever.

Find Your Natural Ambition

Ambition is what gets us up in the morning and ready to face the day. But where does this ambition come from? Is it something we are born with, or is it something we learn?

The Five of Wands suggests that it may be a bit of both. Our ambition is partly nature and partly nurture. We are born with specific drives and desires, but we also learn how to channel those drives in productive ways.

Think about your ambitions. No answer is right or wrong as long as you know the source of your ambition and use it to your advantage.

You can also use the same energy and drive for success in other aspects of your life. Having a winning mentality in your daily life is essential.

You need it to exercise four times a week rather than once a week. You need it to build better banking habits to reach your financial goals.

Use your competitive streak to power your way to victory.

Think about an area of your life where you could use some extra ambition, an update to your “software”. It may be your career, personal life, or creative endeavors. Once you have identified this area, make a plan of action. Let your hunger to win drive you forward.