Some, by aptitude or talent start ahead of others, but neither would attain a level of mastery of a skill without a continual practice of learning. By nature, we want to pick something up for the first time and expect that we might be immediately good at it. By reality, this is not the case.
We learn to gain skill through a prescriptive practice of application and repetition. The better the practice and application, the quicker we will begin to improve and become more consistent. Once we begin to see improvements, we gain the additional motivation necessary to push onward towards mastery for the long haul.
The long haul requires a determined mindset with on-going motivation to reach our full potential and possibly a high level of mastery. Remain patient, but driven. It is never as simple as merely hoping to be good, we must work at it if it is worth having.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do so has increased.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson —