Learning something new can be incredibly frustrating. There’s a period at the beginning of learning a new skill where you just suck and it can be really hard to get past that. Indeed, it’s a really easy place to decide you don’t want to learn that new thing after all.
But if you can structure your learning in such a way that you’re picking up enough useful bits to progress early on, suddenly you can make it over that initial hump and start to really become proficient, even highly skilled.
While it feels like it can take forever to get past that initial barrier, it’s not really that much time that you have to invest to get there. In fact, some research suggests it takes only about 20 hours.
Reassuring! Here’s a TED talk video to get you thinking about this: