Success can mean many things to many people. Dictionary.com defines success as "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals; the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like." Strictly speaking from a definition standpoint, as long as you accomplish what you set out to do then you have attained success. However, is this too limited a view, is success by itself very minimalist? What if we look at it from a corporate standpoint, is a group that is successful greater than individual success? What are we really asking when we ask people to define success?
I would suggest that the answer is in the question. We shouldn't be asking how you define success, because success in and of itself is a result of actions taken, nor is a single person's success any less or more than that of a group. Instead we should be asking "what actions are you taking that have lead you to where you are at"? By truly understanding what people believe in, what their guiding moral compass is if you will, you can then start to understand not only the basis of their success but the reasons behind it. Because in the end, isn't this really what we are asking and desire to know? What do you think?