I may sound a little controversial, but I would not mind sound one in this case. A person has to prove all in her life that, what she had achieved was not a mere fluke. Suppose someone got an Oscar for her role, now this actually would not make her successful. This would buy some more good projects and production names merely. But after that if you don't see her in any commendable role for last 10 years I am sure you would think she was an one-film-wonder. In a context of the film she would get the due credit but for others she would be a 'talent being wasted'. To die successful is a blessing very few taste.
On the contrary there is another observation I have. People do not bother how unsuccessful you were as long as you are successful NOW. The same people who once jeered at you for being a mediocre will forget everything about your past and praise you for being super talented now. Again if you can not prove competent you would be labelled with the same tag in future.
In spite of all the hardship and never-ending thrive, we love success. We love to taste the fine smooth texture of the gorgeous yet cruel part of the universe. We make ourselves compliant for it from the first day till the last. Success makes us more active, optimistic, gentle, loving and hungry for more success. I saw someone asked somewhere why successful people are successful in everything. It's interesting. The reason is simple because they are well aware of their capabilities and they know that there is no short cut to it. So, they put more energy, more time, more passion and eventually come out successful again. They relish the fame and bask in glory and then again start off for the journey. Reader, are you in for the trip?