Why not use the article?

The starting point of all achievements is the/a desire

  • to ... the sentence is unfinished. A complete sentence would be "The starting point of all achievements is desire." – Weather Vane Feb 15 '19 at 23:51

“Desire” is an abstract idea, and this sentence is about that general concept- as opposed to “a desire” or “the desire”, which are more concrete and specific- for example, “a desire to learn English”, “the deepest desire” might be when you would use “a” or “the”.

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