Planning to be successful is the only way to become a success.
In order to be a success at anything, you must put yourself in a position to obtain success. You must work hard in order to become successful there is no other way. First you must take the time to really think about what success truly is and what does it mean to you.
Carefully plan out your course of action what things you must do in order to meet with your goal. Learn from others, their mistakes as well as their accomplishments. True success should never be money if that's your ultimate goal you have lost already.
Placing people in line to help you along can be a very positive approach, this may sound weird but you would want people close to you who don't agree with your ideas, if you can convince them then you really have a chance at success. Just as Jesus said, I came not for the righteous, but to bring sinners to repentance.