“Never stop until your good becomes better, and your better becomes the best.” Frank Zappa
I am convinced that one of the reasons people don’t achieve “success” as they describe it is because of how they define it. Most of us think success is a place when end up if we do the right things. I used to think that way, which is why under that formula I was destined for failure.
What I have actually found is that success is more a matter of adopting and implementing certain philosophical beliefs or a belief system that keeps you making constant progress towards current goals. The fact is that successful people are always on the move, always growing, always getting better. They are not looking for an end destination. They are looking to experience the journey and to do it in a way where every experiences enriches them in who they are and prepares them for future experiences along the journey.
I would encourage you to stop looking at success as an end destination like “retirement”, and start looking at it as an ongoing process of continuous growth in who you are and who you can become. Think of it this way. If you could continuously grow and become better and better at who you are and what you do, become more valuable to yourself and the people around you, achieve more with every passing day, why would you ever want that process to stop?