Take the lead

opposition to success

 
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)
 

But it certainly is not a reason not to do so. Lead with finesse and intelligence, even the most stubborn will follow you toward success.