I would like to challenge the common notion that one of these is better than the other. I've had my share of achievements and if anything it has left me off worse, lacking motivation and impression, and apathetic. There are others who (and I am not comparing myself except with the response in feeling towards life) after reaching the top of their field enter a state of carelessness and burn-out. These people eventually become the "washed up" and "has been".
Unfortunately for me, I am a mere 24 years of age and this leaves me a lot of time until retirement to decide what to "do" with my life. I will very likely start my own business and a family, but it makes me wonder if this human notion that life is all about achievement is actually valid. Part of me thinks life would be easier if I settled into comfortable mediocrity, lived for my own enjoyment, whatever, and part of me wonders if that in itself isn't a form of searching that I'd regret years down the road.
So my question to you all is this, which do you prefer? Are you an A-type personality, notorious over-achiever, essentially a high functioning yet likely to be high-stress individual, or are you the type of person who excells at finding contentment with your living situation and focusing on other, less strenuous values?
Why do you prefer one way over the other? Let's compare our philosophies on life and learn from one another.