If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.
We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it—other than the guy with the 'He who dies with the most toys wins' bumper sticker—in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.
It's a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because we certainly know better. A study by Strayer University found that 90 percent of Americans believe happiness is a bigger indicator of success than power, possessions, or prestige. Digging a little deeper, 67 percent defined success as "good relationships with friends and family," and 60 percent said it is loving what you do for a living. Only 20 percent stated that monetary wealth determines success.