Although there are a ton of ways to measure success and/or happiness (and all of them are imperfect), there is one thing I have noticed over the years:
People who love their work have blessed existences in a way people who don’t love their work simply do not.
While most people are dragging their feet to work every morning, these lucky sods are clicking their heels all the way down the road. What gives?
Some people want to be rich. Some people want to be famous. Personally, I think you’re better off aiming to find work you love and that you find meaningful, because you can control that.
Finding work that you love is much more doable. It takes is a little grit and patience. And if you do manage to pull it off, you suddenly find yourself with superpowers. Hurrah!