The Secret to Success is Not a Secret began as a collection of notes collected by Darcy Andries when she was a special education teacher. Darcy often looked for ways to motivate her students and had amassed quite a collection of motivational posters and calendars. Her favorite poster was one produced by Trend Enterprises titled “If at First You Don't Succeed . . .” The poster talked about the failures that Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Harry Truman had to overcome before they became president. She began collecting similar stories to help encourage students. Before long, she had pages and pages of stories.
One day, while climbing into the bathtub, she realized that her collection would make a wonderful book. Darcy had wanted to be a writer since high school, but had always imagined writing romance or fantasy novels, not nonfiction. But the idea had a mind of its own. It was so strong, Darcy decided to leave teaching and devote herself to writing full time.
Initially, Darcy was unsure if there would be enough information to create an entire book of stories. She was even more disheartened when she began researching to stories, and discovered many of her original stories could not be substantiated and others were untrue. But she didn't quit, and soon new stories were found. Before long, it seemed that every time she turned on the television, a new story was featured. Before long, her seven pages of notes had blossomed into almost four hundred pages. It appeared that the problem was not too little, but almost too much. Which is why Rain Before Rainbows focuses on people who faced failure or setbacks in their field before succeeding.
The Secret to Success is No Secret was released on March 21, 2008 by Sellers Publishing, Inc.
To see a sample of the book, please click on "Excerpts." For a listing of all individuals featured in the book, please click on "Featured Individuals."