Ambition carries with it the risk of putting your happiness in the pockets of others.
That’s the trap.
If success depends on the reception your work receives, the trap has already been set.
Alternatively, ambition can simply be you, trying to beat your own high-score, at a game you still enjoy playing, where the rules aren’t determined by others.
If success depends on you being a better you, the trap has already been disabled.
What’s the state of your trap?