I began to wonder what is it exactly that your typical liberal would consider to qualify as success...
who/what is a typical liberal?
are you proposing a political/social/fiscal definition? American scale/global scale?
a "typical liberal" would be 80-90% of the participants in the political threads on A2K. I have no strict definition in mind. More of a curiosity then anything else. I know what I have in mind when I think successful and I wish to know what others, who have a less conservative point of view, think of as successful.
For example, I think we can all agree that Bill Gates would be an example of a successful person. He started with little more then a dream and became the richest guy in the world. Pretty sure that qualifies him. Barack Obama, also started with little, became President of the USA. I'd say that is a success. Not the wealthiest guy, but still quite a success.
I am not implying that money = success by any means. But, being able to have the means to do what one wants is certainly a qualifier.
Some other examples: Harrison Ford is a successful actor, Tom Brady is a successful athlete, George W. Bush (despite whatever personal feelings you may have for him or his policy) is a successful politician, Oprah is a successful entertainer, Jonas Salk was a successful doctor... the list goes on.
But, what qualities do these people have that make them successful and what do you look for to gauge a person as being successful?