How Your Achievement Drive Influences Your Success

Posted Jun 17th, 2017 in News, Insights, Motivational

There is a strong correlation between success and achievement drive, as often one influences the other.


Achievement Drive Influences Your Success
  • Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
    – Margaret Thatcher

The essentials on the road to success.  

If your achievement drive is high, then you will have a strong desire to complete a task or project to the best of your ability and you will be known for reaching your goals. Not to mention, you most likely have a yearning for significant accomplishment, mastering of skills, control, or high standards. These personality traits are driven by intrinsic motivation; described as the persistent and constant concern with setting and meeting high standards of achievement. All of which are essential factors on the road to success.

Why do some individuals have a higher achievement drive?

  • Parents who encouraged independence in childhood
  • Praise and rewards for success
  • Association of achievement with positive feelings
  • Association of achievement with one’s own competence and effort, not luck
  • A desire to be effective or challenged
  • Interpersonal Strength
  • Desirability
  • Feasibility
  • Goal Setting Abilities

These are all reasons why some individuals have a higher need for achievement. (Source: wiki)

Your personal desire is what influences you to achieve your goals.

David McClelland has been researching achievement for over twenty years at Harvard University, and he confers that the need for achievement is a distinct human motive that can be distinguished from other needs. McClelland advises that people with a high need for achievement behave like this only if they can influence the outcome. Explaining that they are not gamblers but prefer to work on the problem rather than leave the outcome to chance.

  • Achievement – motivated people take the middle ground, preferring a moderate degree of risk because they feel their efforts and abilities will probably influence the outcome. In business, this aggressive realism is the mark of the successful entrepreneur.
    - David McClelland

The good news is, if we want to, we can learn to increase our achievement drive and ultimately our success!


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