To me, the sign of success is a smile. The number of smiles that one has in their day-to-day life indicates how successful one is. You may have a big bank balance, a lot of money, but if you can’t smile, if you are tense, upset and angry, can’t sleep, can’t even eat because of cholesterol, diabetes, would you call such a person successful?
Often, people spend half of their health to gain their wealth. Then they spend half their wealth, to gain back their health. This is not a sign of success. To me, a sign of success is confidence. Even if you lose everything, if you have confidence, then you can recreate everything again, and that is success. There are ample examples. There are businessmen, who rose to the top, and with one miscalculated move, they lost it all. They came way down, and still, they built their businesses again. Once you have the zeal, you can gain wealth back.
In the Arthashastra (an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy), in the rules on economy, Chanakya has given many little formulas that hold good even today. Indian economists have always praised Chanakya, and the skill with which he dealt with every situation. It is a state of mind where you want to make progress fast, still be skilful, and take on challenges as an opportunity. Then, you can give the title to yourself. You could be a Chanakya if you have all the skills to face all the challenges, and get what you want.
Recognize the potential in you, and then develop on it. Success is an attitude, it is not a phenomenon. When you agree to be bogged down, that is the sign of failure. Resist getting bogged down. You light a candle and turn it upside down, the flame always goes up, and it never goes down. In the same way, if we can have the enthusiasm to say, ‘I can make it, I can rebuild my business’; that is what I would consider a sign of success.