Success is just part of his DNA, which means that collecting trophies and pocketing medals have come with the territory for Jordi Murphy.
Blackrock College, Leinster and Ireland. The soon-to-be 30-year-old back-rower has managed to win silverware from school onwards but could now do with claiming some while with his current employers.
Though he is not alone in having tasted success before coming to Ulster, the notion that the province might actually win a title rests uneasily with many when reminded that something really needs to be done in terms of following up that Celtic League success from 2006.
Ulster now face a Challenge Cup quarter-final at Northampton Saints on Saturday evening - after having swatted a heavily rotated Harlequins outfit aside - and Murphy is not one to shy away from the feeling that this competition offers Ulster their best chance at finally ending the uncomfortable absence of having something shiny front of house.
"Personally, and from our point of view, trophies are what we are after," admitted Murphy without recourse to diplomatic evasions.
"We are 100% into this competition and would love to win it."
That Leinster mentality is about believing in what can be done and then just going ahead and doing it.
Of all the southern province's former players now earning their crust north of the border, Murphy seems the most hot-wired into high achievement, which means that his current run of good form on the park, which has also seen him skipper the side, could hardly be better timed in pushing Ulster onwards.
"No one in this squad has won anything with Ulster," he rightly pointed out before reminding us that Ireland's call has, nevertheless, gone well for some based at Kingspan Stadium.
"There have been a number of internationals who have won silverware and they can definitely bring that experience.
"And we have Ian Madigan there who joined us last summer, and he has won plenty."
All true, and with Murphy having drifted in the betting for Ireland consideration along with Madigan and, of course, John Cooney, all three can surely channel their full energies into replicating success which they tasted elsewhere at club level.
As Murphy said: "We have got to kind of measure ourselves in silverware, that is our standard.
"Dan (McFarland) always talks about being consistently competing for championships and this is the one that is in front of us.
"Silverware is exactly what we want and we are going to be putting our best foot forward every single time we play these kind of games," added Murphy, who will be making his 46th Ulster appearance on Saturday evening.
However, it seems reasonable to assume that Northampton Saints are more likely to put out a decent side, the antithesis of Quins' approach which saw the Londoners' shadow team simply annihilated by Ulster.
"They (the Saints) will be taking the competition seriously, so we are going to have to be at our best to beat anyone we go up against now," Murphy stated, while mentioning that the dramatic comeback win which Northampton pulled off at the Dragons indicates that this weekend is sure to be an edgier affair.
Triumph again, though, and Ulster can begin to dream.
"It would be great to win something with this group," said Murphy.
Hopefully his belief that trophies are merely there to be won will finally help get Ulster there.
After all, high achievement is in Murphy's DNA.