Sorry for bumping up this thread
In regards to money, somebody pointed out earlier that money doesn't buy happiness, and someone countered that whoever said that doesn't have to worry about their finances to begin with. I'm paraphrasing here.
I think that money does make people happy, especially if there's an abundance of it. I am by no means a wealthy person, but I'm generally happier, more secure and confident when I know I have more than enough to cover my basic expenses as well as have a little something on the side. And I don't have an extravagant lifestyle.
So now I believe I understand why others might equate success with financial gain or freedom because it gives them peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment. And if success is synonymous with happiness, then they are successful in that regard.