What is "Success"?

This one's for you budding would-be philosophers out there:
What is "Success"? How does society define it? How do you, personally, define it?
How do those two differ, and why do you think they differ?
(And for "extra credit" among you academics; how do you see the current conception of success as differing from other societies in history?)

Because, if we are honest with ourselves, most of us can recognize (from the ruins of past civilizations) that the definition of Success is really the only connecting thread between all of them. Each of them, at one point or another, WAS SUCCESSFUL...

(No one cares about all the huts and tents of those that weren't; so, in order to "get past the past" - and the illusionary thinking that brought those civilizations down *despite their success* [that's why we lug them around with us] - but how do we choose to define it today?)
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What is "Success"?
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