Last week's Deep Thought about committing to a life of solitary confinement if you want to be a successful artist garnered some terrific responses. While I said in the post that I was of two minds on the subject, I've come to realize there is only one true mind.
Everyone is different. Every artist's path has been different and will continue to be different. In fact, I have a whole chapter about this in I'd Rather Be in the Studio! Only you can define success. And only you can decide how you'll attain it.
The only thing that matters is that you are true to yourself. You must know what makes you tick. You have to know that if you're not creating art in a way that is satisfying (for you only!), something has to change. For some, this might mean more solitude, but for others, it might mean throwing a party or scheduling a lot of lunch appointments. It's all part of that balancing act.