I’ve always argued that life is all about unlimited tasks (or possibilities, if you prefer) and limited time. You can either do a lot of things (and still have some left over), or you can do a few things and do them well. As Gandalf the Grey says in The Lord of the Rings, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides good and evil”.
In the end, all that matters is what you did with your time. Success is always projected. “Misdirection. What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes”. That was Gabriel Shear in Swordfish.