Everyone’s definition of “success” is different, and should be. Embrace other people’s definition of success and, with time and effort and persistence, you can certainly build a “successful” business. Or life.
But the end result — much less the daily experience — may also leave you feeling hollow.
Instead of defining success by a finish line — a number, a metric, a certain house or car or public profile — a better approach might be to define success as whether you get to do work you enjoy: work that leaves you feeling fulfilled, and satisfied, and happy.
Work that allows you to control, as best possible, your own destiny: because we all have to make a living, but we also need to live.