How did the different geography of the north and south contribute to the outbreak of the civil war and the north's success during the war?
The north doesn't grow cotton, but, it has a lot of industry. The south's use of cotton, (and their need of slaves), and their limited industry helped lead to the civil war and the south's defeat.
Absolutely. Different people have different standards of financial success. For example, some people may think having 1 million dollars is a success while other aspire to be a billionaire. Also, different people measure financial success differently. For instance, some people think that being debt-free is financial success. Other people think financial success can only be measured in terms of assets. Indeed, financial success means can very different things.