7 Writing Prompts about Ambition

Something which has become clearer to me as I’ve grown older is how much is possible in life, if you think about where you want to go, and are willing to put in work.

While it would be amazing to be able to go back in time and give my younger self that insight, that’s not going to happen, so instead I move forward each day with increased purpose. I can at least improve the remainder of my life, and teach what I can to my young daughter to help her reach that understanding earlier than I did.

So todays writing topic is ambition, and while it would often be thought about as a subject for adults with careers and prospects, I personally think it’s certainly worth helping the young be thoughtful about this sort of thing.

It’s not the “sensible work ethic” talk at all for me – much more about clarity that you can build an amazing life if you go after what you’re passionate about, and don’t give up. It’s enabling freedom and a life of happiness, and satisfaction.

Let’s get started…

How to use these:

Try a single prompt, at random. Write two pages on it, don’t stop until you’re done. Let your thoughts flow out into words.

Or, read through the list, until one talks to you. When that happens, immediately start writing using that as your inspiration.

Alternatively you could tackle the entire list, one by one, each day as a weeks writing challenge. I’m certain your writing skills will be aided, and your thoughts on this subject will be clearer too!

The Prompts:

  1. What drives you to achieve more in your life, either now or in the future? Is it money, or freedom, your own satisfaction, praise from others, or something else entirely?
  2. Sometimes people feel like life is not fair, or that they can’t get what they’re wanting. How do you think people who achieve great things think about life and ambition?
  3. How do you set your level of ambition? Do you set low goals for yourself so they’re easy to achieve? Do you set very ambitious goals for yourself, which will be much more difficult to achieve, but be more meaningful? Why?
  4. How do you think about ambition vs short term sacrifice? For example, you could watch TV and relax each night, or give up an hours TV each night and learn a complex skill in a few months time. Why do you choose what you do?
  5. If you think of people you look up to, do you think they are ambitious or not? If you think of the amount of work they may have put in to achieve a level of skill, wealth, knowledge, fame or whatever it is, what drove them do you think?
  6. Do you believe that too much ambition can be a bad thing? Or only a lot of ambition without care for other aspects of your life? Why?
  7. Often your own level of ambition about what you want to achieve in your life can be influenced by who you are surrounded by, both family and friends. How big would you dream if you were friends with mostly people who had achieved great things already in life?

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Matt & Hayley