- Humans are mortal. Death seems to nullify any gains made by the self to the self.
- Humans are subject to natural impulses towards actions (for example, we are compelled by natural drives to eat, mate, innovate, and explore)
- Some humans want strong reasons to pursue an activity
None of the human pursuits seem to have a lasting reward. For a collective-oriented person, it might be ok pursue that which builds the collective. For a more self-oriented person, action might seem meaningless given the fact that its impact on the self is only temporal. I don't think it's better to be either of the two.
Independence, career progression, riches, fame, status, maintaining the family, etc might be strong incentives to pursue actions. I fail to see how they (and any other actions) are strong rational reasons, ie, from the point of view of eternity. I think that our pursuits are mostly incentivized by our subconscious, which serves the entirety of life - not just humans, but all species and kingdoms of life. I think nature (through) natural selection doesn't favor the continuation of creatures that don't make pursuits. What it favors might be creatures that want to survive.
Have you come across strong reasons for having pursuits in life?