Barely anything comes easy in this world of ours, so how do you reconcile with that?
Mahatma Ghandi once said: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." These wise words of wisdom present both the realisation and expectation that, as individuals, we are able to come to terms with the opportunities and challenges ahead. It also suggests that moving forward in any respective part of our lives requires both determination and self-development - both very important prerequisites to personal development in the longer-term.
What drives achievement for you? Is it; the acceptance that you have moved forward; nobility to the achievement; reaching the opportunities present in the reward? There are so many differentiating features of achievements which many people don't realise.
Similar to socialism, it's concerning to see what happens when achievement is ruled out of the equation. Individuals suddenly feel too insecure to do anything, try something new and take risks. In an entrepreneurial avenue, achievement - and more importantly; lack there of - is what feeds a lot of entrepreneurs. I commonly say that 'I enjoy living like a King, and working like a peasant', because achievements are important stepping stones to the ultimate personal goal.
Muhammad Ali - often remembered for standing his ground - once stated "It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am". However, today Ali is remembered as a King in sport, a colourful leader for his beliefs etc. Ali is a case of standing his ground for what he believed in, and what many saw as 'being strong', yet many people still saw Ali as an egotist.
There is no 'correct' balance for achievements relative to one's ability to be humble, and when people realise this, that is when people will conceive their own achievements as 'achievements' instead of another event.