Any effort that has self-glorification as its final destination is bound to end in disaster. When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it. And even if you do, it’s a hollow victory. In order to sustain the victory, you have to prove yourself again and again in some other way, and again and again and again, driven forever to fill a false image, haunted by the fear that the image is not true and someone will find out. That’s never the way.
― Robert Pirsig, Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values