The drive to do extraordinary things is driven by three things: 1) genuine creativity, 2) narcissistic injury, and 3) a difficulty doing ordinary things.
Most recently I have been intrigued by the third reason. It seems that when activities of daily living, through sensory defensiveness or other reasons, lack satisfaction, that compensation is attempted through doing the extraordinary. Examples are being an astronaut or achieving samadhi, etc..
But when there is no satisfaction in the ordinary, there will be no satisfaction in the extraordinary.