Anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition because livelihoods and steem depend on at least five unpredictable elements, five reasons not to count on either attaining or holding on to a desired position within the hierarchy. 
1. Dependence on Fickle Talent
2.Dependence on Luck
3.Dependence on an Employer
4.Dependence on an Employer’s Profitability
5.Dependence on the Global Economy

Alain de Botton
Status Anxiety