I think it is possible many of us have a bad definition of success.
Because who are you and what is your life if it never comes?
Make the process the goal.
Make excellence in the process the definition of success.
And then the chips can fall where they will – because that’s all that is going to happen anyway.
You will be unappreciated. You will be sabotaged. You will experience surprising failures. Your expectations will not be met. You will lose. You will fail. How do you carry on then? How do you take pride in yourself and your work? John Wooden’s advice to his players says it: Change the definition of success. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” “Ambition,” Marcus Aurelius reminded himself, “means tying your well-being to what other people say or do . . . Sanity means tying it to your own actions.”
–Ryan Holiday, Ego Is The Enemy