On the topic of learning, it is known that "mastery orientation" is better.
It's like to do something because you don't know how to do it rather than to prove or to show, that you can do it. The problem solving or the learning is for the self. That's the essence of mastery based learning.
The final dialog from the movie "The Karate Kid" might be useful to recollect.
Mr. Han: Just tell me, Xiao Dre, why? Why do you need to go back out there so badly?
Dre Parker: Because I'm still scared. And no matter what happens, tonight, when I leave, I don't want to be scared anymore.
I read a article, titled " Awesome By Proxy- Addicted to Fake Achievement " by a person discovered what he was doing wrong when choosing the kind of games he was playing, and he could introspect and choose to change this style.
We humans are remarkably adept at finding ways to lie to ourselves, and ways to be self-destructive.