Don't make success hard. It all boils down to a few simple truths. You are in complete control of your life. God has given you tremendous abilities and talents. Lastly, Life is what you make it. If you want to be a Fireman, Artist or Nuclear Physicist, it is completely within you to do so.
The media, friends and the past are all outside influences which can only affect you if you allow them to, but let me make this clear, Life is what YOU make it.
So here are a few simple steps to help you get what you want out of life.
Decide what you want (Plan)
Decide what it will take to get what you want.
Put together the right things that will help you get what you want.
Begin and don't stop.
Here's a bonus If anyone or anything tries to stop you, put them on the back burner and get back to achieving your dreams and goals.
Remember, you only have one life to live. Either live it the way you want to or you'll live it the way someone else wants you to. But you have the freedom to choose.