The definition of success varies from person to person. And the motivation to succeed thus can be triggered by widely differing reasons. Which can also change from time to time, depending on circumstances. That said, the complexity of the subtext of success cannot be denied.
An obsessive need to succeed could be driven by a need to overcome ones insecurities. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as one understands the implications, or maybe even if one is completely immune to them.
For me, as I grow older but not necessarily wiser, I feel rather strongly that a measure of my success comes largely from my ability to handle disappointment.
THANK YOU, Emmaly Beck, for sharing.