One little pastime I have is foraging and various bush craft stuff like lighting fires by friction, for those of you who have not tried this it is bloody hard work.
This is such a great metaphor for the amount of work that you have to put in to do anything meaningful, just having the right material is not enough, essential but not enough, the missing ingredient is your hard work and consistent hard work as well.
In today’s world most people do not have that in them because they have been made lazy and been made to believe that they do not have natural talent. That is rubbish everyone has talent but that is only the basic materials the added ingredient is your sweat.
I have spent many years learning to play and teaching others to play the guitar and I can safely say that you can never learn it all there is too much. This realisation comes after you think that you are the best and you know it all (the teenage years) and then as each year goes by you realise you know less and less; that is wisdom.
To succeed you need to put in the hours and keep going and then keep going some more, till the flames come out of your fingers, smoke is not enough.