But Like, Are We Actually An “Achievement Culture?”

… or are we moreso a “box-check culture?”

Ted Bauer
4 min readMay 20, 2024

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Deeply tied up in the American narrative is this idea that we’re an achievement culture, and we go get it, we hustle, we grind, we outwork, all that kinda stuff. It’s the heart of “The Bootstraps Narrative,” which is the cousin of “Achievement Culture,” and is the rationale we use for not broadening the…

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Ted Bauer

Mostly write about work, leadership, friendship, masculinity, male infertility, and some other stuff along the way. It's a pleasure to be here.