Then, flipping through the pages, it hit her: Why not write a recipe for what would make a good class secretary? As it turns out, creativity is part of the “recipe” for attaining success. Yet, no matter your age, occupation or dream for the future, achieving success comes down to a few basic factors that will likely shape your future. If you can find a new or better way to build the proverbial mousetrap, more power to you. Her phenomenal success was the result of being “demoted” from news anchor to talk show host.