Having other men see me as powerful but still being a good guy is important to me. There are plenty of weak tiny guys who are nice, but people figure that it's out of necessity or because they are a pushover. I like people knowing I can beat their ass, yet still seeing me behave with humility and kindness. As ironically as I put that, haha.
Also, I hate the thought of being average. It's something I've always detested. Life's too short to live and do nothing, weight lifting gives me something that I can control and improve on.
Being a bit of a spoiled kid when I was younger, I began to hate that some people thought of me this way. I wanted to prove to them that I could work hard and constantly improve myself with orders from noone but myself. Through lifting and concentrating on goals, I've become a lot more self reliant. I wanted to prove to the guys at my gym that I wasn't just some 14 year old punk who ate doritos and sat on his ass (I was back then, haha).
And lastly, I've always enjoyed teaching as much as knowing. And to teach, I find it necessary to achieve a good deal beyond what I would expect of my "students." I don't want to be a yoda.