Goal vs. Ambition

This time, we're gonna focus on telling you all the details about these two confusing words. Ready? Still interested, aren't you?

"Goal" vs. "Ambition" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to achieving something in our lives. However, 'goal' is the ultimate purpose we want, whereas, 'ambition' refers to the desire and passion to want something.


As I also stated above, 'ambition' is about the desire and resolution that we have in order to achieve something. Take a look at the examples below:

Our ambitions are two poles apart.

Jaxon always has the ambition to get a promotion and become the manager wherever he goes.

'Goal', on the other hand, is the actual purpose or the result we want to get, in anything. It can range from losing weight to becoming the US president. Check out the following examples:

Our goal is to have vaccinated as many people as we can by the end of 2021.

Do you have a goal in life?


Both of them are related to the one thing we desire and want to happen. Take a look below:

Her ambition to become a singer has never faded away.

Instead of these, set real-life goals and start acting on them.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they are both used in the same contexts, they cannot be used interchangeably because 'ambition' is used when we are talking about the desire for wanting something great, but 'goal' is the result itself. Compare:

✓ Only her ambition led her forward.

✓ Only her goal led her forward.

This one is correct but its meaning refers to the result itself not the passion.


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