The Fallacy Of Success – G. K. Chesterton

More specifially, on books about “how to succeed”:

It is perfectly obvious that in any decent occupation (such as bricklaying or writing books) there are only two ways (in any special sense) of succeeding. One is by doing very good work, the other is by cheating. Both are much too simple to require any literary explanation.

The Fallacy Of Success – G. K. Chesterton