On the authority of Anas(ra) who said that Allah’s Messenger(saw) said,
“There are three things which cause destruction and three things which lead to salvation. The three things which cause destruction are miserliness which is obeyed, passion which is followed and self conceit. The three things which lead to salvation are fear of Allah in secret and in the open, moderation when rich or when poor, and justice when angry or pleased”
Destruction and salvation are not really based on material success or political favor. Establishing balance in all circumstances and being aware of the power of emotions and desires can give a person clear vision and a powerful insight into the trials of this life. Putting Almighty Allah(swt) in front of all decisions and actions, whether in secret or in the open develops a new approach to life.
The resulting consciousness can lead to the pleasure of Allah(swt), MostHigh. This is the supreme achievement and the essence of success in this world and the hereafter.
(Related in Al Bazaar and Al Bayhaqi and others – authentic – Hasan).