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I'm looking for a word which describes "constant desire to achieve more, to gain something, doesn't matter what".

It can't be tied to one goal, like ambition or aspiration. It can be adjective.

Samples:

"I can't rest, my ' ' is driving me forward" OR "I can't rest, I am too ' ' for that"

EDIT: Okay, I'll try to explain better. Let's say I have 2 choices to make: to eat a salad, OR to eat a chocolate bar. To earn some money OR to watch NETFLIX. So, I choose healthy food and I choose money. I always choose what I think is the best option which leads to maximum gain (subjectively speaking). And I want maximum gain, always. How is that "wanting" called ? Words "ambitiousness" or "driven" don't exactly fit

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    So what is wrong with "ambitious"? And you need a sample sentence per the SWR tag. – Cascabel Aug 13 at 15:51
  • Since "desire more" is underspecified and leaving room for an oblique object, the souhht phrase should do so, too. In my humble opinion, It should not make explicit, that the speaker doesn't know what more could be achieved, but the question suggests otherwise. Which is it, do you know? – vectory Aug 13 at 16:08
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    'Ambition' doesn't need to have a single objective. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 13 at 16:11
  • Probably answered at word for 'ambitious'. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 13 at 16:12
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From the question:

I'm looking for a word which describes "constant desire to achieve more, to gain something, doesn't matter what".

I would use insatiable:

[Merriam-Webster]
: incapable of being satisfied : QUENCHLESS
// had an insatiable desire for wealth

To paraphrase the example sentence:

I can't rest. My desire for more is insatiable.

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Driven (respectively, drive) would fit. From Dictionary:

Driven
adjective being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel: a driven young man who was fiercely competitive.

I can't rest. I am too driven.

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    @ marcellothearcane.See times of posting. ;) – S Conroy Aug 13 at 16:50
  • Oops, I can't subtract 😬 – marcellothearcane Aug 13 at 17:06
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I think driven seems to fit well.

Driven - (of a person) relentlessly compelled by the need to accomplish a goal; very hard-working and ambitious.

Especially when talking about personalities driven often refers to the need to accomplish something; anything at all. It differs from ambitious in that it does not neet to be an accomplishment that moves on forward in life or up the ranks at work.

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    The comparison to Ger ich treibe should be very interesting here. Old English still had the infinitive marker -en, if I recall correctly, (cp Ger inf. treiben "to drive"); May be driven is not a bona-fide passive form as I always thought it were. Ich bin treiben basicamly means "I am driving [e.g. the cows up to the alms]" – vectory Aug 13 at 16:42
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temptation

The lure of something unknown. A form of self-delusion in case of "my own temptation". my tempation expresses at least a personal longing, or vice versa strong pull, but positive connotation is merely implied? Akin to attempt; Strongly influenced by christian philosophies of moral warning before the extreme ends of fundamental human tendencies.

Alternatively try

ambition

allure

attitude (viz NWA)

drive

hunger

strive, contention

dissatisfaction

restlessness

Needless to say these are mostly negative, but because your examples are ("can't", "won't"), and all may have a positive connotation as limited as agreement on what constitutes a "gain"

Something more positive for the Zeitgeist may be

business, busy

It's understood that nobody runs businesses in order to loose after all.

  • Not my DV, but "temptation" seems like an antonym to what the OP is asking. – Cascabel Aug 13 at 20:56

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