Well, this is kind of personal but since I don't have time to write a full blog about it, and I need an outlet, I'm posting it here for whatever it's worth.
To me, SUCCESS is achieving personal goals and dreams whether it's big or small (i.e. being able to travel the world, make a difference in the community/society/world, experience the true meaning of love, marry the love of your life, have kids, a home of your own, get an education, get your dream job, get fit and healthy, be a better person and so on...)
Unfortunately, a lot of people equate success to WEALTH, FAME, FORTUNE AND PRESTIGE, losing VIRTUES and INTEGRITY in return with a sense of PRIDE and SUPERIOTY.
Society LOOK UP to CELEBRITIES, SPORTS STARS, ROYALTIES, TALENTED and to the RICH AND POWERFUL, instead of seeing them as simply other HUMANS just like everybody else.
If you are remembered as a good person and for the positive things you did for others instead of what you just did for yourself, then that's what I call a true success.
[Edited: 2011 Nov 02 23:43 - wanderinghobo:220159 - typos]
And one can look to those stars and see time and time again that money does not buy them happiness. Lindsey Lohan, Kurt Cobain, Doc Gooden are all fairly recent examples of this. This list goes on.
I'm kind of impress how some need to rate success...
For me success is simple...how do you realize your dreams and set your own goals in life. So now it would be foolish to consider that your own environment doesn't weight on these choices.