Many artists are confused about the difference between an indie and a major record label. The goal for many artists is a record deal with a major label, not realizing that there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of labels.
Music Think Tank does an excellent job explaining these differences. They offer key advice and give a very clear description of what both types of labels have to offer. There is a slight bent towards encouraging artists to consider indie label contracts but in general, the information is objective and valuable. You can read the full text of their post here.
Like anything else in life, it is always good to weigh all options before making a decision. By doing so, you will gain a clear picture of everything that is available to you. This applies to the decision to pursue a major record label or an indie one; both come with advantages and disadvantages. But do not count one out because of what the typical definition of success may look like or whether you think one may be too hard to obtain. Again, both have pros and cons.