"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We do seem to have many skewed ideas as to what success really is nowadays. For me it's to look at my son holding his son - just four hours after he was born - and to know that he is a good man, as will be his son. All of the material stuff then just fades into insignificance by comparison.