No matter how you view it, from every angle there are challenges and pitfalls, things which help you and things which set you back, but the basic mechanics are the same for everyone. One of the great challenges we all face is trying to solve this puzzle.
We all have the talent to solve it, and each to differing levels of success, but the truth is you don't have to solve it alone.
There are patterns and things which work across sectors, and hundreds of books and theories on different ways to solve different parts. Some work, some don't. The trick is not to let the puzzle defeat you, but to know when to ask for help or who to ask to maximise the prize at the end of the game.