There are two kinds of significance: internal and external significance.
We seek internal significance when we want our work to matter, to make a real difference. On the other hand, we seek external significance is when we want to be recognized for what we do.
What we truly desire is internal significance. Making a positive contribution lies in the depths of our hearts. However, external significance feels good. It is immensely satisfying to be recognized at what we do.
The danger is in confusing internal with external significance and focusing too much on the latter. After all, most of the time, external significance is easier to acquire than internal significance.
Why do you do what you do? Is it for internal significance? Or for external significance?
Be careful what you focus on.