If you were asked to describe success in one word, what would you say? 

How about multiple words, as many as you needed to adequately make it clear, in your opinion?

Well, here’s what the grandfather of one of my dear friend’s wrote:

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have  lived — this is to have succeeded.
                                               ~Arthur Terry