You can get pretty far by:

  1. Paying attention
  2. Staying healthy
  3. Being persistent

Most good general advice is just using more words to emphasize these points by repetition. Do not worry about research strategy till you establish these foundations.

Pithy Precepts

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise. Ted Turner

Reading, Watching, and Listening

Some interesting opinions on conferences and opinions:

Some useful videos that illustrate a point: