Success: a quick definition

I had reason, not too long ago, to contemplate the meaning of  “success.” Here’s what I came up with, as a working definition —

“Success” has three components:

  1. To alleviate the suffering of others as much as possible  (extra points for causing actual joy);
  2. To leave the planet in better shape than one found it (in whatever sense, at whatever scale)
  3. And when one does leave the planet, to do so with one’s soul still intact.
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