What qualifies as being successful? Is it a nice house, is it a big car? Is it being married and/or having children? Each person has their own definition. It is determined by their upbringing. What is your definition of success?
I agree with captain. Success is all about getting what YOU PERSONALLY want out of life. Sure you could be living in a small house, getting bad wages, but you could be doing your dream job etc. Success is in the eye of the beholder, like beauty. :D