Ill give you a good example. In ATB2 I have an airline where I own almost all of my planes. I am not an international airline at all and am only making fair money. My fleet is almost all my own and have little expenses. That alone should be some measure of success.
It this really a good measure of success? You are successful in controlling costs and have operational discipline but the return on the investment in your capital seems low by your above statement.
It is kind of humerous that we (including me) have spent a lot of electrons discussing what a definitive metric for success is (in AWS). After all, this is a game ... and we don't know how to win it! I think this a tribute to the entertainment value of this simulation.
I think what we need to decide is what success is (besides health, happiness, and inner beauty!). For me, success is taking $4.5 million and turning it into $4.5 billion or $45 billion if you're LaChung. Any thoughts?