What drives our daily actions? I think it has a lot to do with our personal ambition. Ambition is a unique word as it means different things to different people. What are you ambitious about? I believe a person’s ambition has everything to do with what they truly want out of life. Ambition is a catalyst for your actions and effort. So let’s examine the known definition:

“an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.”


I’m not certain I agree with the stated definition. I don’t think every person who possesses ambition is seeking power, fame, or wealth. In fact, the most ambitious people I have ever met are driven by a deep desire to leave this world better than they found it. They care deeply about giving of themselves to make a difference to others without any expectation of return.

“I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen. ” –  Louis L’Amour, Sackett’s Land

What Drives You?

What are you most ambitious about on a consistent basis? What intention is the driving force powering that ambition? As you think about what motivates you, here is a list of attributes displayed by highly ambitious individuals to help guide you. Ambitious people are:

  • Energized by their work
  • Self-disciplined in their approach
  • Goal-directed daily
  • Passionate about their life
  • Efficient in their actions
  • Intense about succeeding
  • Hustlers as a way of life
  • People who execute as a minimum standard
  • Positive in their outlook
  • Finishers of what they start

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” –  Roman Payne

How many attributes are you displaying every day? Every ambitious action you take in life puts a brush stroke on your “ambition” canvas. Are you consistent in driving your personal ambitions relentlessly? Ambition is an engine waiting to be kickstarted by you on a daily basis. The engine will never run if you don’t self-start every day.

“Never give up your ambitions.

It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

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