It's true. I'll prove it.
First, watch this. It's not only freaking hilarious, but it's also one of the best examples of "How to Be a Success" I've ever seen:
1.) Expect to win. Every time. Even when the cards don't come up in your favor, look for the winning angle.
2.) Some times you will lose. Do so with good humor and without diminishing another's victory.
3.) Stay positive and stay in the game. Even when it seems you're drowning in failure, keep your wits about you. Accept that some setbacks are worse than others.
4.) Enjoy the entire experience. Be as willing to laugh at the valleys as at the mountain tops.
5.) Win gracefully. Relish the ride. Savor the high. And do so in such a way that those who haven't won don't feel like losers.
(Granted, there are several other keys to Cruise's success hidden within this video. One of them is probably "Have an Assistant Who Ascertains that the Cards Are Ultimately Stacked in Your Favor." But that doesn't negate the merits of what I learned from watching him.)
My New Year's Wish For You: May every setback be temporary, with no more import than a thimbleful of water thrown on the star of your dreams.