I completely believe we need to define what it is that makes us successful. For me, making rank is not my measuring stick for success. It is a external symbol. These external symbols of ranks, awards, etc. do not define success, they are the fruits of our labors. However, these are what people look at when they are judging our ability to be successful. When you look back on the last couple of years what are you most proud of? For me, it has been the people I have been able to help or the exciting projects I have been a part of. Work towards what excites you and will make you proud one day.