Having been raised a Witness, I was taught to NEVER refuse an assignment. View everything as a "privilege from Jehovah". So naturally, wanting to be an elder was very important to me and to my family.
The problem, of course, with young inexperienced men becoming elders is that it quickly goes to their heads. So, sometimes, just being an elder won't due. Wanting to be a Presiding Overseer or Circuit or District Overseer is on the list.
It's too bad we weren't helped to appreciate the value of education. When I see JW kids actually furthering their education, I am happy for them. It's better than believing that the Theocratic Ministry School is the ultimate tool in learning! And when we see JWs go to Bethel, believing they'll live their entire lives in "The House of God", only to be kicked out, it helps us to see that theocratic aspirations will truly do nothing for you in the long run.