- Pride is a pleasurable emotion that arises when people feel good about themselves; it can bring out both the best and worst in human nature.
- It appears to manifest as one of two types: hubristic pride and authentic pride.
- Both types appear to facilitate the attainment of power and high status. Hubristic pride can harm mental health and damage friendships, however, whereas authentic pride can motivate achievement and concern for others.
Mark Zuckerberg did not invent Facebook because he wanted to find a new way of connecting millions of people all over the world. Nor did he found his multibillion-dollar company solely for the money, judging by his trademark jeans and hoodie sweatshirt. He did it, author Ben Mezrich implies in The Accidental Billionaires, because he wanted to show up a girl who dumped him and the guys in Harvard's most elitist social club. The desire to prove he was smarter than them gave Zuckerberg the motivation he needed to start on a path toward becoming one of the world's preeminent innovators.
Many successful people—Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher and physicist Murray Gell-Mann come to mind—are driven not simply by wealth or a desire to solve a particular problem but rather by a need to be the person who did it. They want to feel pride.
This article was originally published with the title Pride and Power.