so... how do you?
i personally do not see myself as "succesful" i think i could be much farther along... on the whole "succesful" scale than i am... and the way my life seems to be going right now... i dont think i'll ever be where i wish to be..
Careful what you wish for grass is always greener until you get there, people around here would say I am successful, but I'm far from rich. I will retire nicely and put 10% away yearly for it. No matter how much you make you should do that. I'm what people call "a suit" I have 2 voicemails and an email I have to check daily. 7 days a week. Can't leave the house without my cell phone. I have 12 supervisors and 300 employee's I am responsible for and it seems like the job never ends. Tommorrow, mother's day, I will be working for a couple hours. Monday I will be on a plane at 6AM and will get home at 6PM. Every holiday except Xmas and Turkey day I have to check on things. When on vacation I still have to check voicemail. I'm starting to wonder if it is worth it. I used to play golf everyday in the summer, last year I played 3 times. I do have a nice garage though
Before you can think about whether or not you are successful, you have to define exactly what it is that you want out of life. Easy to say, hard to do. Also, goals change over time, and your measurement of success will change, too. What was important at one stage of your life can become irrelevant.
Money won't buy happiness, but it can sure make your misery more tolerable! It won't buy you friends either, but it does give you a better class of enemies.
Success only comes before work in the dictionary.
When I am teaching aikido, and someone is having difficulty grasping a movement, I tell them to ask themselves three questions:
1. Where am I now?
2. Where do I want to be?
3. What do I have to do to get there?
A metaphor for life, really. Figure out what it is you want, and go for it!
If your basic physical needs are met, and you are doing things you enjoy (preferably as a job, but at least as a hobby), and you are satisfied with your relationships, you could be considered successful.