You seem to be pursuing some recognition or success, which you're associating with money. Is this a valid connection? What if you considered the participation-visibility aspect of your work as one idea, and the business success as another? I know that the two are often conflated—for example, fame (a form of participation, based on acclaim) is associated with fortune (financial success). They're not the same thing, on any level. Acknowledgement for what you do, and the opportunities that opens up, is its own critter. Along with this you may include the integrity you put into your work, the message, and the ways in which you grow as a result of expressing yourself. Success in business is not assured from any of this, nor is it a matter of luck. It's a matter of careful planning, conscious decision-making, a learning process and the careful choice of partners. Looked at this way, it's clear why scrambling up these two kinds of success ladders doesn't work so well. No matter how well-known a person is, no matter how well respected, that does not ensure or even hint at cleverness when it comes to handling money and business arrangements. And, sadly, skill with money is often associated with lack of integrity—that is not inherently true. Take these two sides of the equation separately and you will make a lot more progress—of the kind known as maturity.