How would you define success? If we take our clues from the media, we might think that success is a nice car, a perfect body, or popularity—and spend our lives pursuing such things.
But George Barna conducted a nationwide survey that asked people what would really make them happy—what life outcome would they view as truly successful. 25% listed some kind of tangible accomplishment like financial accumulation, 14% listed emotional fulfillment, and 8% listed good health. But the #1 desired life outcome (at 32%) was a good family life. Most people would consider their life a success if they had: "a strong family unit, a solid and lasting marriage or if they had done a good job of raising their children."
In spite of all the noise to the contrary, people know in their heart of hearts that family is the priority.
Reference: "Family and Personal Accomplishments Lead People's List of Success Determinants," The Barna Update, barna.org, 11/6/02