We work hard, because it makes us feel proud. Sometimes we do things to make others proud of us. We try to work hard in school, so our parents will be proud, and do what society expects of us so that others will be proud of us. We try to do the right thing, so that others will be proud of who we are. Some people don't seem to do things to make people proud, but usually deep down, you find it is because they had someone in their life who was never satisfied with what they did.
So what happens if you do something, and you work hard at it, and someone is not proud of what you've done? Do you become the type of person who never does anything expected of them? Or do you continue trying and trying to find new ways to make them proud until you become so broken? You fall into numbness and just go through the motions, not knowing why anymore You get excited by the slightest hope of pride in their eyes, and then fall apart when it's nothing more than their own pride in themselves. You'd do anything, absolutely anything just to have them say the words...and you become so consumed you completely lose yourself.
Can we live without pride in ourselves, or pride from others?
I don't think we can.