Oprah once said everybody says they want success, but it’s not success they’re after, it’s significance.
I think that also rings true for artists, but significance is a certain type of success. Are you widely recognized among your peers? Are you renown in your industry or people you respect. Does your work genuinely make an impact? I think this is a great form of success, but it doesn’t necessarily put food on your table.
Your work can’t just be admired, it needs to be acquired, in exchange for monetary compensation. It’s like the difference between some indie film winning an Oscar, but only grossed $800 bucks, versus the latest marvel movie that would never win an Oscar, but the profits could purchase a small country.