What makes you feel accomplished?
A bit of both of what FOS and Mendy Lou said.
Creating something I set out to make, at any level.
It seems that often the greatest “buzz” for me comes when I manage to communicate some idea that can have lasting positive impact.
Perhaps because communication was almost impossible for me in the first 6 years (due to the flap of skin under my tongue), it is something that has a profound emotional drive for me.
Giving others some beginnings of a comprehension of just how complex they are, how powerful and creative they can be, is perhaps the greatest buzz of all.
Having people willing and able to explore possibilities outside of the domains of money and employment seems most important at present. One of the profound problems I had when teaching was the degree to which most students had been captured entirely by the ideas of passing exams and creating a career, rather than being interested in learning and understanding for their own sakes.
Strangely, in that sense, teaching the kids whom everyone else had given up on as unteachable, who themselves had no expectation of success in the system, was the most rewarding. Creating for those kids an environment where they could experience success, achievement, and develop a love of the exploration of the unknown for its own sake was the best bit of my couple of years of secondary teaching.
For me personally, pushing the deeper boundaries of understanding, joining as many different domains as possible, searching for the major sources of risk and for effective risk mitigation strategies, has delivered both the greatest feelings of accomplishment and the deepest senses of frustration at the inadequacy of my abilities to effectively communicate what I have found.
And I continue the search for effective strategies and methods.