POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

AMBITIOUS



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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this positive attribute will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events might specifically trigger feelings in a way that elevates or lowers their moods or causes moral dilemmas to form—whichever best fits your story goals. Try giving a supporting character a negative trait that acts as an opposite of this attribute, causing frustration, disillusionment, or even emotional volatility that leads to poor decisions and mistakes.
DEFINITION:
Driven by the desire to achieve a particular goal

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Driven

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Confidence and pride
Being a passionate person; having big dreams
The desire to achieve something one lacked as a child
A fear of failure
Needing to prove oneself to others or desiring to leave behind a legacy
Having ambitious parents
Sibling or peer rivalry
Insecurity; worrying about not meeting expectations or not being good enough
Wanting to please others
Craving prestige or wealth that only success can bring
Having a noble purpose (to stop poverty, to oust a neighborhood’s gangs, etc.)

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Rising early
Being energetic
Determination
Efficiency
Seeking out education or training; honing the skills needed for achievement
Choosing to spend time with people who can help one become successful
Working overtime or during holidays to get ahead
Using flattery or being overly polite when dealing with those in power
Asking for help from people in a position to do so
Calling in favors
Embracing hard work
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM FILM:
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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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