At the coffee shop I work at (because an M.A. student’s got to pay the bills somehow), I like to say that someone who orders a small, medium, and large coffee just ordered a family. Is it stupid? Yes. Is it funny? Yes. Was that the point? You betchya.
See, I don't measure success by how fast I can become a millionaire or famous by way of TV show. I measure my success in life by how many times I've laughed so hard I can't breathe, and by the times I've really grappled with a complex idea in the company of someone else who is just as excitedly curious about the world as me.
This doesn't mean I'm not driven to accomplish anything in life. C'mon, I'm pursuing a PhD in a sub-field that's in its infancy, that's not a challenge for the lazy or faint hearted. But I don't look at the pages of history as a place where I ought to stamp my name, and roll my eyes at the people who do. Perhaps its my Midwestern/Korean upbringing, but if I'm going to accomplish something in life then I want it to be meaningful for more people than just me, and to be positive.