Success doesn’t lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.
One of my favorite series of quotes regarding this comes from Steve Jobs’ famous 2005 Stanford commencement address:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living some else’s life.” In other words, don’t put your ladder on someone else’s wall. Pursue your own dreams and your own goals. Not those of your parents, teachers or some other significant influence in your life.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. You’ll know it when you find it.” In other words, you will know you found your passion, your purpose in life. There is no confusion. You feel it deep in your heart and soul. That thing you were intended to do for the rest of your life will occupy your thinking 24/7. You can’t escape it if you try. Until that happens, you are still searching for your main purpose in life.