There is such a thing as success with God, but it has nothing to do with worldly success. Consider, for example, what Joshua 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 20:20 say about God’s idea of success. Let us therefore have as our ambition (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:11) to achieve the success of God! This sort of ambition (i.e. godly ambition), of course, has nothing to do with the world and the selfishness (i.e. selfish ambition) on which it turns (Philippians 1:17; James 3:14, 16).
Therefore, in the kingdom of God there is ambition and success which we should seek and it has to do with righteousness, but it bears none of the negative fruit that ambition for success that worldly pursuits can generate.