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33 Of The Most Powerful Ambition Quotes For Your Vision Board

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A common question in preschool is: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  As little kids, we are often asked what we want to be when we become adults.  But while most preschool kids have no idea what they want, most adults do.

Maybe you want to be a Fortune 500 CEO, or maybe an athlete with dreams of making it to the Olympics.  For others, their ambition might be living on a farm and growing their own food, or becoming a stay-at-home mom so they can spend their time with their kids.

Dreams differ from one person to another, but one thing’s for sure, your definition of ambition equals your idea of success.  However, there are times when we lose sight of our dreams, and this is where vision boards come in.

Fill your vision board with ambition quotes to help you stay motivated to achieve your very own definition of success.  These quotes, spoken or written by writers, leaders, CEOs, and some of the most successful people in history, can help you focus on your ambitions, so you can keep going despite shortcomings along the way.

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According to Merriam-Webster’s definition of ambition, it is “a desire to reach a particular goal,” and “an eager desire for social standing, fame, or power.”

An additional definition of ambition includes having the desire to achieve these goals, as well as having the willingness to stay committed amidst failure and adversities.

According to psychologist Carol Dweck, students who have a growth mindset are more than likely to achieve higher grade point averages compared to students who have a fixed mindset.  A growth mindset is when you believe in your ability to learn new things.

With ambition comes the belief and confidence that you will achieve your goals, dreams, and desires.

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The great surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, said it best when he said, “Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings.”

A study by Times magazine revealed that 48% of women in their 20s labeled themselves as being “very ambitious.”  And within this number, 50% believe it is not acceptable to not have ambition.

Based on this study, it is safe to say that female professionals see ambition as necessary.  This is because it helps create the motivation to improve yourself, as well as gives you the willingness to put in the work to reach your goals.

If you are about to begin your journey to your ambitions, or you’re planning to, learning from others who have achieved success will help inspire and motivate you to reach your goals.

A vision board is more than just a collage of pictures, you can utilize ambition quotes to fuel your journey with words and phrases that propel you to move forward.


We believe that learning from others is one of the most effective ways to reach your dreams.  And thus, we’ve gathered 33 powerful ambition quotes from innovators, world leaders, writers, and even celebrities, to help you believe in your dreams, and remind you that you can achieve whatever it is you put your mind to.

Here are 33 of the most powerful ambition quotes for your vision board:


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  1. ”The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs
  2. ”When your ambition is greater than your fear, your life will get bigger than your dream.” – Farshad Asl
  3. ”If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way.”  –Suzy Kassem
  4. ”It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve.” – Mo Farah
  5. ”If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it.  The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.” – Mildred Mcafee

  6. ”Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go.” – James Cook

  7. ”Ambition is the path to success.  Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley

  8. ”Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals.  Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams.” – Dwayne Johnson

  9. ”Ambition beats genius 99% of the time.” – Jay Leno

  10. ”Ambition is the epicenter of perseverance through which accomplishments spell success.” – Byron Pulsifer


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  1. ”Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you believe that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  2. ”Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” – Oscar Wilde
  3. ”The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed, you must have a larger ambition.” – John D. Rockefeller
  4. ”Motivation and ambition either come from fear or love, it’s up to you to choose.” – Kevin Kerr
  5. ”Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.  It asks too little of yourself.  Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama
  6. ”We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves.  The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  7. ”Ambitions reveal direction.” – Mace Windu
  8. ”Character cannot be developed with ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”  – Helen Keller
  9. ”Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.” – Bryant McGill
  10. ”A garden requires patient labor and attention.  Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions.  They thrive because someone expends effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey
  11. ”Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.” – Roy T. Bennett
  12. ”The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.  The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou
  13. ”There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy.  It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition.”  – Napoleon Hill
  14. ”You can realize your full possibilities, but to dominate and achieve you must have high aims, ideals, and ambitions – all linked to an iron will.” – W.D. Wattles


  1. ”Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose.” – Frank Tyger 
  2. ”Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” – Elvis Presley
  3. ”A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.” – Steven Brust 
  4. ”Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.” – Sir John Denham
  5. ”Ambition is more than mere desire.  It is desire plus incentive – determination – will to achieve the desire.” – Herbert Armstrong
  6. ”A dream without ambition is like a car without gas – you’re not going anywhere.” – Sean Hampton
  7. ”Ambition without action is fantasy.” – Bryant McGill
  8. ”The heart is the epicenter of everything as it is where dreams, hopes, and ambitions are born.” – Cess Gichuhi
  9. ”Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.” – Thomas Otway

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Choose the quotes that resonate with you deeply, print them out, and mount them on your vision board.

You can also create your very own digital illustrations of these quotes for a digital vision board you can view on any electronic device.  But if you want to make a physical vision board, simply print out these pages, cut the quotes out, and mount them on your board.

You can also write these quotes down using markers and put them on your ambition vision board.  A physical board is a great way to manifest your ambitions.  It’s a powerful manifestation tool that helps you get clear about your goals.

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If you want a simpler and faster way to create an ambition vision board, choose complete vision board kits like The Vision Cloud’s kits that have everything you need to make one.  The kits are a dream manifestation tool that can help you create an ambition board in minutes.

The Original Vision Board Kit, for example, comes in a large box that includes a board, adhesive strips so you can mount the board on a wall, 100 pictures, 60 motivational words, and 40 stickers to embellish your board.

What makes the kit different from other complete vision board kits is that it has two activity sheets that can help you in your journey to achieve your dreams.  It also has a goal-setting worksheet that makes you more realistic about your goals.

Use the pictures and words that come with the kit, but also add the ambition quotes we have here to fill your board with the motivation and inspiration to help you realize your dreams.

You already have the ambition, and that means you have the confidence you can achieve them.  All you need now is to manifest them.  Start by creating your ambition quote vision board, and start moving your way to your dreams, goals, and wishes.

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