Ambition is a motivational force that drives people to strive for the attainment of objects, statuses, or achievements throughout their lives. Ambitious individuals may differ in their desired outcomes, and those desired outcomes may change throughout the course of an ambitious individual’s life. However, there are some common characteristics of ambitious individuals and the outcomes they strive to attain.

Ambitious Individuals

First, ambitious individuals tend to have an internal locus of control. Specifically, they believe that the attainment of their desired outcomes is largely a function of their effort. Second, ambitious individuals are proactive participants in their environments, preferring action to inaction and exploration to shiftlessness. Third, ambitious individuals are goal setters and project managers. They set goals and subgoals, monitor their progress, prioritize, and adjust their ...

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