Is there any English terms that describe:

  1. Achievements that are centered about yourself like; money, car, etc. where it does not necessarily mean selfishness but rather achievements that the majority would like to have.
  2. Achievements that are directed toward the society like; helping disabled people, doing charity, etc without expecting something in return?

I am thinking about self-achievements and society-focused-achievements but I need more eloquent and professional terms for my statement of purpose.

  • Are you looking for one term that can describe both? Or two terms that describe and differentiate between the two concepts?
    – J.R.
    Nov 9, 2018 at 20:50
  • @J.R. two terms that describe and differentiate between the two concepts something like "self-achievements and society-focused-achievements "
    – hbak
    Nov 9, 2018 at 20:55

3 Answers 3


If you're trying to find more common adjectives that could be used in such expressions, I'd use individual achievements and social achievements.

Achievements can be made on behalf of individuals other than yourself, but when this is done repeatedly the number of people who benefit end up being considered as part of a social environment.

  • I think we could use accomplishments, too. Good adjectives.
    – J.R.
    Nov 9, 2018 at 21:33

For 2., the adjective altruistic works:

having or showing an unselfish concern for the welfare of others

(source: Merriam-Webster)


For 1: I'd use Esteem or Self-actualization.

Esteem: having qualities such as self- respect, confidence, competence, achievement and freedom and it also include recognition, power, status, attention and admiration ( any form of promoting self-respect and admiration).

Self-actualization: is growth and self-contentment. It also includes the desire for gaining more knowledge, social- service, creativity and being aesthetic.


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