Looking back and evaluating things is learning the hardest way.Having said that there is no better teacher than experience.
Being aware of the situation and realizing the futility proves beyond doubt about your acumen as deserving successful entrepreneur.I am sure you will find people who share these thoughts with you in the days to come.
Success now has a variety of meanings in this one global economy of tech and it very transient. Myspace.com and orkut were successful that they created teh ecosystem for facebook.com to become popular.
Economics itself is now at cross roads and money as a measurement of success is being questioned.
As a person if you have a family standing by you friends who care for you that is wealth. You have the physical health & knowledge to feed and clothe yourself and your family for the rest of your life then you are very very rich.
Bank balances and investments are pieces of paper that get lost in the race of showmanship. If you are not part of it then you are no longer feeling poor.
So be proud of your existence value yourself appropriately and carry ona happy life.