It took me a lot of time and a LOT of work to discover this (although many people warned me about it...):
Results come from "smart" work - not only from hard work.
Everytime I see a new user trying to do everything when they only have time to do a couple things, I know this is the route for disaster.
People, wake up.
You don't need to do a trillion things to get a site ranked - you just need to do what works and stick with it.
Don't try to follow every WSO or new technique you see. You'll find yourself doing a LOT of things... and none seems to bring results.
Think about it this Christmas while enjoying a classic candy or a old chicken recipe.
- Ask yourself WHY they do it for so long... always the same way...