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Is being a ‘high-achiever’ a highway to unhappiness?

Being a high-achiever is a good thing, right?


It’s certainly got its perks yes – at least on the surface. Having a powerful drive to achieve in your life, having an intense focus on being ‘successful’ and taking constant pride in your performance and seeking perfection will get you places, no doubt. If you’re nodding along, you may even recognise that these qualities have partly got you where you are now, helped you to progress in many contexts and empowered great results along the way.


Indeed, I’m sure that the majority of the most ‘successful’ people in business and sport would self-identify with being a ‘high-achiever’.