Question: What is the difference between aspiration and ambition?

Sri Chinmoy: If a runner wants to exert himself to his utmost capacity and reach his best running speed, then that is his aspiration. But when there is ambition, immediately rivalry starts. Ambition wants to be the best in everything. Aspiration says, "I will do my best. I shall practise running, but the result, the achievement, will be entirely at the Feet of the Supreme."