Ambition as we traditionally think of it is drive. When someone wants to really badly to be a lawyer. We say they are ambitious. I’d like to take that and turn it slightly. I want you to think of it more like the desire to fill the gap between what you can do and the standards you set for the future you.
It’s a fine line between ambitious and cloaked avarice. The latter is the burning desire for collecting wealth for the sake of wealth. Ambition, instead, is the manifestation of being the best you every day. Driving deep into the gap between what you are now and what you want to be tomorrow.
The easiest way to close this gap is to take on all of the discomfort you can. I don’t mean overwhelm yourself but to accurately and forcefully improve aspects of yourself that will make you an order or two better than you are today.
Ambition and drive can be, as I see it, one in the same. The major difference is the massive goals you set to improve yourself. It’s hard to know just how far you’ve gone when you have no means to measure it. For the ambitious it’s metrics that we need. This will get rough in some of the areas like empathy and communication, but there are ways to do it. Without it, you are kind of lost.