By any measure, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led a remarkably successful life.
Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, she became the second woman ever to be sworn in as a justice for the country's highest court. She is a champion of women's rights and well-respected for her willingness to stand firm in a dissenting opinion.
A successful life is distinct from a profound and vital one, however.
For attorneys, passing the bar is only the first step.
"If you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, well, you have a skill so you are very much like a plumber," says Ginsburg.
"But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself, something to repair tears in your community, something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you."
The Supreme Court Justice is a founding member of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which fights for gender equality.
"That's what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for one's self but for one's community."