The object or goal of pride is not a desire for excellency; a person cannot excessively desire to be excellent. It is right to pursue qualities that other people will properly esteem. Pursuing excellence in various fields of human endeavor, trying to achieve something of genuine value is good in God’s eyes.
The object or goal of pride is to be set above other people. It is a craving to be exalted above others. Proud people seek happiness in the praise of others. The proud are always comparing themselves with other people. The person who is dominated by this craving will not be able to see or appreciate God’s glory. Pride makes faith impossible (John 5:44). Proud people do not value those qualities in God that make Him trustworthy. The proud are never satisfied.