What it means to be successful?

I have read many opinions on what it means to be successful. In fact,  I have met many successful people in my life’s journey till date. During this process, I also got the chance to read many popular books on success. However, the following description of Success as written by the great American philosopher Ralph Waldo  Emerson is priceless:

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the 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 (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet

 Whenever I find myself too absorbed in the pursuit of material gains, the above quote serves as a pleasant reminder to my life path.

I hope,  in the above quote, you will also find something to reflect upon.