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