it is only possible to measure that by the standards of whoever is measuring it.a doctor father might not think much of a son who decided to be a rock musician and would not think much of his getting to play his first gig in a club but for the son it would represent success in life.
i measure success in life on the basis of what a person set out to do and on how much of it was achieved.
i came into business leaving a flourishing corporate career 26 years back and enforced on my self a strict no working after office hours rule.All these years not once has a client been invited home or out to diner nor has any client call been made after 7-00 pm since that was designated family time, even the mobile fone is switched off after that time.
I have managed well for my self though compared to my colleagues who slogged till all hours of the night i have been a colossal failure since i make much less than they do.I have however done theater, read hundreds of books,written poetry and been with my children when they did their summer projects.
Who decided whether i have been successful? Surely only I do , and despite occasional periods of depression on the issue i at the core of my being think i have been very very successful.QED. end of ego massage/