Everyone has their thing... that one thing, be it a skill or a talent, that they're really good at. They can be unabashedly proud of. They do it with confidance.
For me it's cooking
The pleasure I get from the sight of a warm pan of successful cinnamon buns in my quiet kitchen is equal to any sort of public recognition I could receive. And the dissapointment that comes with a failed Angel Food cake is equivalent to a straight A student failing an exam, or an athlete losing at their sport. Because it's my thing.
I cook for me. I don't do it for others, I do it to prove to myself that I can.