Testing ambition

Mark Twain - American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.

Bill Bradley - American politician and former professional basketball player

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Salvador Dali - Spanish Surrealist artist

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Frank Tyger - Editorial cartoonist, columnist and humorist

Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose.

William Shakespeare - English playwright, poet, and actor

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

Berton Braley - American poet

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it

If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it, If gladly you'll sweat for it,

Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you'll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You'll get it!

T. Harv Eker - Author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation

The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want.

Walter Mischel - Austrian-born American psychologist specializing in personality theory and social psychology

Once you realize that will power is just a matter of learning how to control your attention and thoughts, you can really begin to increase it.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

What's measured improves.