11 Secrets of Remarkably Ambitious People

Ambitious people keep their heads in the game by using strategic routines. Since motivation doesn't appear magically; they create it.
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Ambitious people are the reason we live in an advanced society. These rare types don’t just have incredible ideas; they bring them into our reality. Thus, they accomplish much more than average people. They’re always up to something, and there’s never a dull moment.

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When you’re working full force on achieving a goal, the world opens up with possibilities. All drama and petty arguments fade away into the abyss—because now you’re focused on bigger things.

Ambitious people keep their heads in the game by using strategic routines. They’re the most cherished employees, bosses, and even relationship partners. So, it’s no wonder they’re more likely to get promoted or have other opportunities. They’ve learned that motivation won’t appear magically; instead, they must create it.

If you’re ready to become an ambitious person, try these secrets that the champions use:

1. Ambitious people read


“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows,”

— Aristotle Onassis

Entrepreneurs and other ambitious people realize that knowledge is power. As a result, they are always searching for wisdom to read from the experts. They keep learning to stay on track. There’s no learning curve too steep for them to claw their way up to the top. All it takes is knowing what your competitors don’t outrank them. That’s why tenacious people inhale books.

I highly recommend you read Brian Tracy’s book “The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success.” He’s an expert at running successful businesses.

2. Ambitious people have changed what they thought was possible


“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.” 

– Brian Tracy

It’s impressive to discover what those much less fortunate than you can do when they focus on it. In fact, Brian Tracy grew up in a low-income family. But he took responsibility for his life and make a change. So, he began reading about people who overcame the odds and achieved success.

Those stories (many of them are in his book pictured above) opened his eyes to a new world of possibilities. He is now successful and well-known around the world.

Read inspiring biographies, and you’ll discover that there are more possibilities for you.

3. They know why they want to reach their goals

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Photo by Nate Johnston on Unsplash

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” 

– Brian Tracy

If you don’t know why you want to achieve a goal, then over time, your ambition will dwindle. You need a profound, meaningful reason you’re doing all this work. So, it needs to be powerful enough to propel you forward every day and why you strive for it late into the night.

4. Ambitious people have defeated their limiting thoughts

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Photo by Patryk Sobczak on Unsplash

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.”

 – Brian Tracy

It’s common to have beliefs that hold us back, although we all have the power to overcome them. Those defeatist thoughts that whisper, “Sure, they can do it, but I can’t because of _____.” Limiting beliefs are lies that we tell ourselves to dodge the risk of failing. But is it worth it to guarantee your dreams never come true to avoid risks? Hardly! Since you’re trading the possibility of defeat for a lifetime of disappointment.

Instead, start encouraging yourself and celebrating every minor success. Focus on what you’re doing right and fix what’s going wrong.

5. Ambitious go-getters are motivated intrinsically

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Photo by Clayton Webb on Unsplash

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

— Dale Carnegie

You must motivate yourself to become ambitious. There are two kinds of motivation; intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation comes from within you. You enjoy working on your endeavors. So, you keep at it even when it gets complicated.

For example:

  • Building skills
  • Challenging yourself
  • Learning fascinating subjects
  • Having fun

Extrinsic motivation relies on future rewards or punishments. So, nothing propels you forward after you get paid.

If you’re driven only by riches or fame, then why would you put in the effort before you get paid or recognized? Besides, it can take years for a business to bring in money and even longer for fame. So, it’s better to fuel your enthusiasm with the joy of working on something you love.

6. They’ve created ambitious goals


“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”

– Brian Tracy

High achieving people have goals that excite and inspire them. So much so they practically leap out of bed every morning, eager to work.

If you feel you need to drag yourself towards your goal, maybe this isn’t what you truly want? Did your parents choose this goal for you? If that’s the case, grab a notebook and start brainstorming about what you want. Take responsibility for your life regardless of what anyone thinks. You’re the only one who has to live it. So, make it a good one!

Maybe your dream is so enormous that it gives off an ominous vibe. If so, break it down into tiny bite-size chunks. Then prioritize and schedule them into manageable tasks.

7. They plan how they’ll reach their ambitious goals


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

— Jim Rohn

Ambitious people have a detailed plan to achieve their goals. It’s well-known that planning leads to more efficient progress. If you want to make things happen, then you’d be wise to take the time every night to design the next day. That way, you’ll have your schedule ready to go in the morning.

8. They created an inspiring workspace


“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

— Mark Caine

Go-getters know that a cluttered workspace will reduce their productivity. It’s true; your environment can drain your enthusiasm to accomplish anything. Every bit of clutter reminds you of something which leads to other memories and down the rabbit hole you go!

So clear out the junk. Then ask yourself: What distracts me while I’m working? Is my chair uncomfortable? Is the sun blasting me in the face?

Set yourself up to succeed and invest in an excellent chair, curtains, and a desk. Solve these irritating problems, don’t deal with them. Also, clean your workspace at the end of every day, so you’re ready to go in the morning.

9. They leave their past behind them

Ambitious woman leaving past behind.
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“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

— Oscar Wilde

It’s challenging to feel ambitious if you’re always worrying about past mistakes or failures. Essentially, you’re throwing a spike strip across your path to excellence.

So, the next time an old mistake pops up in your mind, don’t dwell on it. Ask yourself, what was the lesson you needed to learn back then? How can you avoid this happening again?

There, now it’s not a sad story but a wisdom-bearing experience!

10. Tenacious people don’t waste energy


“If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it.”

— Kim Garst

It’s near impossible to feel ambitious with no energy. So, driven people will start their day with an exciting task. Thus, propelling them forward to tackle the rest of the day’s projects.

They don’t waste energy on unnecessary tasks.

Also, they pay someone else to do the exhausting, time-consuming jobs. That way, they can focus on the elements they prefer, which leads to better results.

If they can’t hire someone, then they batch those activities. That means instead of scattering those tasks throughout the week, they do them in bulk, all at once. That way, they have the rest of the week to do more energy-boosting activities.

11. They hang out with ambitious people


“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

— Jim Rohn

The most ambitious people surround themselves with other go-getters. They encourage each other, share ideas, and advice. Thus, increasing how fast they reach their goals.

Don’t hang around slackers and gossips because they’ll drag you down with them. Instead, make friends with driven achievers. Even if it’s just one person, they can be the catalyst that inspires you to fight for what you desire in life.

Altogether, highly ambitious people use these methods to boost their tenacity every day. They conquer beliefs that hold them back and plan every step toward their goal. Also, they read a ton of inspiring books and articles.

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  1. Sheryl,

    Again and again. Your writing exemplifies the ambition we all seek to have. And for that, we are eternally thankful.

    My favorite quote: It could be that your dream is so enormous…break it down into tiny bite-size chunks…prioritize and schedule them into manageable tasks.

    These 11 secrets are priceless “bite-size chunks”. As we digest them, our ambition grows!

    Also, I love the redesign of the website 🙂

    All the Best,


    ps. cannot wait for my new MP phone case, mask and shirt to arrive!

    • Thanks! Yes, breaking things down to smaller “chunks” is the secret to creating anything amazing. I’ve been working really hard, as usual. I’m glad people appreciate it. Have an awesome day!

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