Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. — Herman Cain
There are a lot of interpretations of this quote, and many reactions to it based on the politics of its speaker, which I feel are irrelevant to its meaning.
Here is my thought: This quote is not saying that if you do what you love, you will find the kind of success that society generally measures — financial reward, advancement etc. Instead, it redefines success as getting to do what you love with your life.
I was a securities lawyer and an investment banker. My income was insane and I hated my life. When I decided to do what would make me happy (write movies and TV shows), my income dropped precipitously and I never looked back. I have never earned in a single year as a writer what I would be earning right now if I’d stayed with investment banking for the last 13 years. I have to live with that, and all it implies about my lifestyle, but having a happy career has also enabled a happy marriage and enough spillover happiness to write a book about it. That alone, finances aside, makes me successful. That’s what today’s Happy Quote means to me, as I share it with you.
Hope you are having a happy life, and thus, by my definition, a successful one.