Nothing Fails like Success
"Nothing fails like success" is not a new observation. It has been around for years in part because it has been evident for years.
"Hey, this approach worked before. It should work now."
"We've reviewed the lessons learned from the disaster and have successfully implemented steps that should foil a recurrence; all things being as they were before, of course."
"He had a very successful record in the soft drink industry. We're confident he can translate that to the computer biz."
"Look at our achievements. They are undeniable We've got a very bright group of people here. I don't want to hear any mavericks criticize what we're doing."