I've been both: a highly successful person and a person just struggling to get by.
When I was a highly successful person, I wore business suits from Talbots or Ann Taylor. I wore high heels. I made a lot of money and was planning on buying a brand new car in cash. I also worked 60 plus hours a week.
Now I'm a mom. I have 2 children. I give them my all every day, without the extra money that I once had. All they have is me. I'm struggling to get by. But there is never a day we go without what we truly need.
Many people will say to me they had no idea how hard we have it. I'd say that's successful. It was easy to recognize me when I was successful by the way I dressed and the car I drove. Now that all of my clothing has holes in it, I wear old shoes to afford my children new ones, not a day goes by that I don't blend in with everyone else.
The difference is happiness. All I have to give is love. I get way more enjoyment out of giving then when my success was defined by money.