Anyone’s idea of success is that they’ve achieved their goal, whether it be happiness, material comfort, recognition in their desired field, or all of those or any other goal they’ve established for themselves. The idea of success is often one that is applied to them by others. Many times it’s one that is applied to them by many others.
Most of us relate to happiness as a measure of success. It was Benjamin Franklin that said:
“Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”
I would apply his philosophy to those small, sometimes unnoticed successes of everyday living, like making someone laugh when they’re down, helping them over some slight difficulty, letting them see how important they are to you. Those are the somewhat forgettable successes that aggregate over a period of a lifetime to a measurement of more significance than the great memorable successes that command the respect and admiration of our peers for a while.