Michael Kelly’s “House of Cards” character Doug Stamper has the same view of success as his boss Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). The higher they get to power and the longer they cling to it, then the more successful they are.

But in real life, Kelly’s outlook on success is quite different. “I don't think [success] is always measured by monetary things,” he told CNBC. “It's more what you see yourself wanting out of your life and then getting those things.”

Kelly credits his parents for impacting his outlook in life, and he is grateful that they taught him to develop a go-getter attitude.

“First and foremost, it's my mom and dad who gave me the foundation, the belief in me that I could do anything,” Kelly said. “My mom always told me to set goals for myself. And slowly going through and checking those things off of my list, that feels like success to me.”

Kelly is also grateful for his stint in “House of Cards,” and he considers the role of Doug Stamper as the best he’s been given.

“I mean, I love going to work. It is the greatest job I’ve ever had. It’s the greatest crew that I’ve ever worked with. It’s a dream,” he told Deadline. “You know, to feel that way at the start of season five, to feel the same I did when I started season one, it just says so much.”

Kelly was even nominated this year for an Emmy in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. He will be competing against Jonathan Banks from “Better Call Saul,” Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington from “Game of Thrones,” Ben Mendelsohn from “Bloodline” and Jon Voight from “Ray Donovan,” the Gold Derby reported.