There is nothing wrong with pursuing goals that are worth it. Seeking to achieve something may require a lot of self-discipline. While others merely enjoy themselves some may keep themselves busy trying to solve problems in order to reach what they are aiming at.
I have been looking again over my list of possible translations of 1 Corinthians 13:5. I was interested to see that the Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition has: Love “is not ambitious…”
Is ambitious really synonymous with rude? I don’t think both words are completely interchangeable. Not all who are seeking to be successful are necessarily careless about good manners.
On the other hand as you place personal success and striving for distinction very highly, it is quite possible that you fail to appreciate other people, who disagree with your outlooks and views. You might feel annoyed with people who tend to take things very lightly.
How would an ambitious individual treat others who don’t share or support his own goals? Being ambitious can amount to being rude and unmannerly.
As yet, I want to further examine ambition by asking some other questions: What are you doing in order to achieve your goals? What measures are you taking to reach what you are aiming for?
You may say a good goal justifies the means employed. But does it justify any means?
Certainly love would be careful not to infringe legitimate rights of others. Love would always consider the weak and the needy.
“Love is not ambitious”. It does not place personal success and distinction higher than the livelihood of other people.
It is good for us to submit our own goals and our methods to clear-cut ethical values. Love would be considerate of others even when being strained with effort.