Everything that occurs to us occurs for a reason. And sometimes, one thing leads to a different. Rather than locking yourself up in your cage of fears and hollering over past griefs, embarrassment and failures, treat them as your instructors and they would become your tools in both self-improvement and success.
Success and happiness tend to be hand and hand, but, you have to work out what it is that would make you feel successful and pleased. Occasionally you'll find that success and happiness will lead you in 2 different directions. For instance, you might find that your current living situation makes you happy, but if you ever wish to become a CEO then you'll need to head for the city. You'll have to consider, at some point, which is more crucial to you. Bear in mind, if you're able to discover happiness, then you've more personal success then you may ever imagine. Everyone's goals ought to be to lead to happiness and if it does, then you'll find success.
So, when does self-improvement get to be synonymous with success? Where do we start?