Can we have ambition without being greedy?
One may think that ambition and greed go hand in hand with one another because of the simple fact that at times what motivates someone is the thought of having everything you could ever want at your fingertips. Motivation does not always stem from greed; it can come from a place of love, compassion, or self-enjoyment. Greed most often stems from money because having a great deal of money can also bring power. Having money and power are not always a bad thing as long as they are used in positive ways that are not only for one’s own benefit but also the benefit of others.
In the movie The Hummingbird Project, you will see how two ambitious cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) have a dream to build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, which will make them millions. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their ambitions motivated by money. They are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Greed is demonstrated by their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek) who is constantly breathing down their necks. She is a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game.