The Most (And Least) Ambitious Zodiac Signs, Ranked

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As a species, humans tend to be very goal-oriented. The most ambitious zodiac signs, as determined by astrology, have a natural urge to improve things for themselves and their families.

Depending on the placements in your birth chart, you might be ambitious in your career and strive to obtain success, power, and prestige, or perhaps your ambition is centered around getting money and fame.

There are those whose ambition is seen as them being thirsty or a way to climb the social ladder. It’s not bad to have high-reaching goals and be assertive as long as one isn’t completely obnoxious about it.

Wanting to achieve is what keeps us going and moving forward. Being lazy has its appeal, but over time can become boring and tedious, just as being too driven can cause one to have very little interest in anything that doesn't have to do with their own goals.

There must be a healthy balance of ambition and just living life; too much ambition can have serious consequences such as health and relationship issues.

Ambitious people make plans on how they can achieve their goals and use these plans to take the proper steps. It’s a good idea to be purposeful and a go-getter; when you create opportunities for yourself and don't wait for something to fall into your lap, you’ll be able to reach your goals faster.

We admire people who go after what they want as long as no one gets hurt in the process. But climbing over the backs of others to be successful isn’t the way to do it.

While almost everybody has some measure of ambition, there are some ambitious zodiac signs who take things to the next level.

Ambitious Zodiac Signs, Ranked from Most to Least

1. Leo (July 23 - August 22)

The good thing about Leos is that while they're very ambitious, they're not completely in your face or super-aggressive about it. They have enough confidence and smarts to know what they need to do and how to do it to achieve their goals.

They're always planning ahead and usually have a number of plans going on at once. Leos are happy to ask for help when they need it and they usually have a tremendous amount of support backing them up. They're the leaders of the Zodiac and it's their duty to rise to the top of the heap.

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2. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Geminis may seem scattered sometimes, but they've got a lot of ambition and when they set their minds to do something, they do it.

Geminis know how to use their talents and skills to get what they want. They're amazing communicators, so they use that as a stepping-stone to the top.

Another good thing about Geminis and ambition is that they're not greedy. They know there's plenty of success to go around and are happy to give someone else help to achieve their goals.

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3. Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries are very ambitious; they dream of being so rich that they'll be able to do anything they want. Aries are willing to do the work that they need to do, and they're very good at taking risks that might help propel them further toward reaching their goals rather than if they did it the more cautious way.

They're goal-oriented anyway and love competition, so when they see something they want to achieve, they're extremely passionate about it.

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4. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorns are very determined when it comes to getting what they want in life, and for them, that means having a career where they can advance to the top.

Capricorns are known for being hard-working and will do whatever is asked of them. They're not overly aggressive, but can be assertive and driven when they need to be.

Yes, their goals are high-reaching, but Capricorns are resourceful and purposeful. It's not unheard of for a Capricorn to map out the steps they need to take to obtain power, success, and financial stability.

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5. Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpios are ambitious, and while they are hard-working, it's really their amazing strength of will that helps them to reach their goals.

Scorpios tend to get very fixated and it's their way of keeping their eyes on the prize that gives them the energy to keep at it, even when those around them have given up.

Don't underestimate Scorpio's intensity, for when they have an objective like getting to the top of the corporate ladder or making a ton of money, there's very little that can derail them from their plans.

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6. Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancers like to be at the top of their game. They're able to use their intuition and tenacity to help guide them in reaching their goals.

They're not just ambitious for themselves but for their loved ones as well. If they're a parent, they'll do what they can to help their child be successful and happy.

Cancers are generous, kind, and likable, which encourages other people to help them achieve their goals. Cancers may be kind-hearted but that doesn't mean they don't have ambitions.

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7. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius individuals have quite a bit of ambition — mostly, they want to change or repair the world. Aquarians will work tirelessly to make things better and if volunteering at a local wilderness facility isn't enough, they'll make a plan that will help them do more.

They're very inventive and want to show their innovations and creativity to the world. Aquarians want to be at the top of their field and be respected by their peers. When faced with an obstacle, Aquarius finds a way to go around it.

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8. Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taureans are true go-getters. They don't waste time; if they want something, they go out and get it. They're tenacious and will stick to something long after other people would have given up.

They like nice things, art, and gourmet meals, and those things don't come cheap. Taurus is willing to do the work so they can reap the reward. They may be stubborn, but where ambition is concerned stubbornness is a major asset.

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9. Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Virgos are ambitious but still careful. Before they set out to accomplish a task or a goal, they're going to do their homework first. They'll research the company they want to get the job at, what the company specifically does, and any other relevant information.

Virgo will make sure they're on point for the interview and that they're ready for whatever might be asked of them. Virgos want to be respected and for others to see how gifted they are.

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10. Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces have ambitions that tend to lie in the creative realm. They want to make a name for themselves in whatever creative thing they do. If they can make a living by doing something creative, all the better.

They do have a tendency to want to follow others and not lead but that doesn't mean they're not ambitious. They're very imaginative and they use it to visualize the kind of life they want for themselves and how they can get it.

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11. Libra (September 23 - October 22)

Libras are ambitious, but they sometimes get in the way of their own ambitions. They don't want to have to step on anybody on their climb up the ladder nor do they want to have to be aggressive in achieving their goals. They'd rather accomplish things in the most peaceful and calmest way possible.

They want the world to be a better place and they want people to be nicer and treat each other more fairly. Sometimes, though, Libra feels powerless on how to achieve these things.

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12. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius individuals are always striving for more. They are willing to do the hard work to achieve their goals, as long as that work doesn't feel too confining or their job doesn't have too many rules.

Sagittarius would rather have experiences and relationships than possessions and money. This may not be the regular way to judge ambition, but ultimately, it may be the best kind of ambition to have. While many people are running in the rat race, Sagittarius is having adventures and traveling.

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She's had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.