No secrets or shortcuts for most people. When I started skydiving years ago, I wanted to wear a camera after 50 jumps (supposed to have 200+). Folks with a decade of experience told me I was an idiot, but what the hell did they know.
Looking back on it, I was the idiot. Looking back on my 20’s, I made lots of dumb mistakes (and caught some luck too). Now I just know I gotta work hard and take calculated risks, but knowing full well I’m gonna miss some key signs along the way.
That’s the beauty of life, so much is unknowable. No need to hack the future, or the present. It is what it is. Just don’t whittle away your days with frivolous tasks and you should do well.