Not that I know this from first hand knowledge, but I’m guessing persistence pays off when it comes to “The Game”. I was always the timid guy around the girls that got way too dejected when I got shot down by one. I would crawl back into my hole immediately afterwards, sob in the corner, and re-emerge a couple of months later, only to repeat the cycle. It was a vicious cycle of pathetic-ness . . . uh yea, patheticness is not a word, but I think you get what I mean. Anyways, I hear guys with confidence and thick skin that are persistent, get results.
On a side note and based on my own experience, I think just not being afraid to be yourself works wonders. You’ll find some one who’ll like you for you. Ah, I was feeling preachy.