There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. (Colin Powell, late military and political leader)
Many would regard Powell as a success. He was a four-star general, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and the US secretary of state. The story of his life is a demonstration of what he described as the way to succeed. Preparing for work, toiling at it persistently, and growing from experience were the keys to his achievements. No secret, perhaps, but clear steps to follow.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty (Proverbs 21:5)