Thank you for writing this.
I too get either discourage or extremely motivated. I would love to earn as much as these high rollers do. Wouldn't we all. It helps to love what you do, then it's not a chore but a labour of love in which you are continuously working on to get better.
I love that you are aiming for more things than money. This top writer category is fascinating for me. I am enjoying adding up my own small badge of honours too.
I wish you the best of luck, although you are a pretty damn fine writer and I love your posts. Looking forward to seeing a lot more.