When things go wrong, we tend to create all kinds of complex reasons (excuses) for our lack of success. When things go right, the reasons are usually ridiculously simple.
Consider Hezekiah. He was a good king. One of the best. Here's the Bible's summary of his life and success:
"In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered." (2 Chronicles 31:21)
1. He sought God
2. He worked hard
This simple formula worked for King Hezekiah 2700 years ago, and it will work for us today. If you are a church planter or campus missionary, an entrepreneur or salesperson, a songwriter or inventor who wants to succeed, I suggest you learn from Hezekiah: SEEK GOD and WORK HARD.
Some people are just too lazy to succeed. They are allergic to work. Others are working hard doing something completely contrary to God's will because they have not bothered to seek Him.
Life is not complicated. Seek God. Work hard.