Success is like weight loss. It’s never linear.
And, you don’t need to follow a particular formula to succeed.
You can either choose the slow path to success which builds character, or the fast path where you burn cash and in some cases build ego.
The beauty is that you don’t need success in the past to become successful in the future.
On this that can keep you away from success is not starting, not learning from your mistakes and course correcting and not continuing until you find success.
Rest everything else are all the details that you can take care of along the way.