I’d say it makes for a successful life, but I’ve yet to make a dime out of being a dad.
As a Boomer (with Gen-X rising), I would identify my career with how I choose to make a living. I could be a farmer, engineer, lawyer, professor, mechanic, tailor or homemaker. I choose to be a civil servant.
Maybe we’ll get to a point where being a parent/spouse is looked on as a vocation and worth rewarding, but we’re not there yet.