Human beings have a compulsion to view those who have great wealth and/or power, and those who have many loved ones, as being successful people.
Because, for the most part, people believe that these are the things which will make them happy -- as though they will, one day, reach a plateau where they no longer need any more friends or material objects in order to satisfy their inner longings.
It's a pathological disorder on a worldwide scale; people can't find true happiness in these things, but they need to believe it is the case.
If only it were so easy.
Society and popular culture help to propagate this myth, everyone trying their best to reassure themselves...to convince themselves that it is the truth.
But the sad truth is...that those who have great wealth and/or popularity are not necessarily any happier than anyone else.
In fact, very few people have ever been genuinely happy, and thus, seldom few people have ever been genuinely successful.
The lust for wealth and glory are almost a trap in this way, as one can be led down the primrose path for an eternity before, if ever, realizing the awful truth...almost everyone dies confused and unsuccessful.
True happiness, success, is not at all so easy to come by.
It isn't as easy as being charming, or making lots of money.
No, in order to be truly happy, you must love and accept everyone and everything, and never take yourself so seriously that you ever become angry or to seek to dominate others.
The real meaning of success requires that:
You must be humble.
You must not desire wealth and popularity -- two things which can never, on their own, fill the void that only love can nourish and, ultimately, quench.
You must be a guru; a wiseman; all on your own.
The real meaning of success is tied to all of these things.
That is the only way to genuine happiness, and thus, success!