If your life reduces to "smell honey, eat honey, nom nom nom", odds are you won't get anywhere.
What exactly is wrong with such a life? Why should anyone have to get anywhere, to matter? I'm a softcore nihilist, so you can guess my views on religion and purpose and such. So, then, what is the point of staying alive if not to enjoy yourself, to make life better for yourself and/or others? If I were to become what society considers "successful", it would only be to be able to "smell honey, eat honey, nom nom nom" while living in a bigger house with a nicer car and more of a comfort zone. I could be just as happy browsing the internet, playing games, etc, in a 1 bedroom house, as I could be in a mansion, it's just that one would be a lot cooler and take a lot longer to get.
So then, what is success? People who want to be successful don't want all the stress it takes getting there, or staying there. They want the fun and luxuries that come with the success. Now, this doesn't mean that people don't want to have fun working in a field they love; that's exactly my point. Success seems to be much more subjective than most people seem to think. If people keep repeating the same thing to you over and over, especially if it's society as a whole telling you it, you start to think it's true, and before long, you never doubted in the first place. But I think it's important to step back and really ask the most important question: why?
tl;dr: What does success mean to you, and why?