It seems to me we have two choices that are achievable to some degree, perhaps we've always only had only two major choices of some kind or another.
We can work hard at being fiercely competitive or we can work hard at making our best attempt at enjoying life with our family and friends.
Sacrificing and struggling for progress (whatever you might mean by that) may only be a vain attempt at developing a human society that humans are not capable of. Fiercely competitive people program society with the algorithms that are designed to benefit the fiercely competitive.
In the immortal words of Tony Montana, "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, you get the women." The woman bear your children and your children are privileged with money and power and there we have our mean. (As if "the women" have no say in the matter.)
Those of us who refuse to learn from the wisdom of our iconic movies are doomed to make the same movies over and over again. Movies imitate life while life imitates movies and so goes the genius of cultural evolution.
Trump has the money, Trump has the power, Trump has the women - Trump has his base - full Stop!