IMHO: If you want to know how to be successful, then watch, learn, and follow the advice that this guy gives.
Background: "Why do people succeed? An unmissable 3-min. talk from the TED Conference on the real secrets of success (Hint: Passion, persistence, and pushy mothers never hurt) Delivered by Richard St. John (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 3:40) More TEDTalks at www.TED.com"