It is possible that a man traverse the Straight Path in the beginning of his life, then deviate from it and travel one of the paths of Shaytan, hence he is cut off from Allah and destroyed.
"Indeed one of you will work the deeds of the People of Paradise until there is only a cubit or fathom between him and it and then he will work the deeds of the denizens of the Fire and enter it."
[Bukhari & Muslim]
Conversely it is possible that a person travel one of the paths of the Shaytan in the beginning of his life and then good fortune come his way, and he traverse the Straight Path and thereby reach Allah. It is essential that a person firmly traverse the Straight Path from the beginning of the journey to the end,
That is the bounty of Allah which He gives unto whom He will. [Quran, 62:4]
And Allah summons to the Abode of Peace, and leads whom He will to a straight path. [Quran, 10:25]
Many are the people who turn back after having travelled part of the journey and give up. The hearts are between two fingers of the fingers of the All-Merciful,
Allah confirms those who believe by a firm saying. [Quran, 14:27]
My beloved! Those who falter in the path across the desert
Are many, but those who reach the end are few.
The Great Principle
Al-hamdulillah is the Imbursement of every Favour
Elucidation of the Meaning of Favours
Both Paradise & Deeds are from the Grace of Allah
Misery and Felicity Occur through His Justice and Mercy
Allah's Blessings can Never be Truly Repaid
One of the Greatest Blessings is Gratitude
Acknowledging the Grace of Allah
The Most Beloved Deeds to Allah
The Meaning of "Saddidu wa Qaribu"
A Noble Principle
The Ease of this Religion
The Meaning of "the beginning of the day", "the end of the day," & "a portion of the latter part of the night"
The Meaning of Moderation
Travelling the Path of Allah, Mighty and Magnificent
Deeds are by their Conclusion
The Excellence of Drawing Close to Allah
The Types of Reaching Allah
Islam, Iman, Ihsan
The Periods of Morning and Evening
Those who Hold to the World and those who Hold on to the Hereafter
The Unexpected Confrontation
The Types of Actions that will be as Scattered Dust
Sadness in the World & Misery in the Hereafter