Can a business be successful without growth?

Yes, a business can be successful without growth.

Can a startup? No.

Can a company? Not always but in many circumstances, yes.

If you want to run a business and just keep it at $5MM ARR and pay yourself and some people, by all means!

Nothing at all says success = growth.

However, there are many things dependent on growth. Make sure you’re considering the right context, getting appropriate feedback, and appreciating that whenever anything is said with certainty, it’s probably wrong.