To many, success is paying off a mortgage, buying that new car, being able to go on holidays all around the world. Material possessions are often associated with success. The expensive watches, the handbags, the suits.
Everyone needs to redefine their own meaning of success, as this materialistic and monetary view does not align with everyone — including myself.
Success comes from happiness. If you are not happy, then you are not successful in life. Sure, if paying off your mortgage and owning an expensive car brings you happiness, then you are — in your own eyes — successful. But if you are working day in, day out. In a boring job that you hate, just to get that car, that ‘success’ that you feel will come from purchasing expensive items, then are you really happy?
For me, as a creative. True happiness would come from being able to make a living off my blog writing and photography. Sure, I might not be the richest man in the world. Sure, I might not have the fanciest of clothes, but I’m happy. Therefore, successful in my own eyes.
It all boils down to happiness. We are only on this earth for a short time, so do what makes you happy now, and not regret wasting your life chasing a dream that wasn’t yours to begin with.