The awful truth of consistent work is this:
Consistent work, over a large period of time, is the only way to improve at something – and the only way to build something worthwhile.
This is, of course, what no 21 year old wants to hear.
Heck, nobody wants to hear this: “Work at this for 10 years and see.”
But I have to remind myself of this nearly once a week. Be patient.
I hope my children grasp this truth early.
Understand: Mastery takes time.
Anytime you start heaping shame and despair on yourself, step back and remember that you are still learning. Yes, you’re not where you want to be, but you are on your way. After you’ve put in ten years of consistent work, you can reevaluate if you really do suck at it.
-Tim Grahl, Running Down A Dream