Ryan Britt talks about the future of the book through the lens of science fiction.
Building scenes for effectiveness.
When learning a skill, motivation is needed, but it's not all that's required. There is a point in almost anything you do that raw motivation can get you to. However, at that point there is a wall you need to bust through. Think of it like the proverbial "wall" of marathon running. That point is the division between amateur and pro-am level. It is the 95% point of excellence (it's a business planning concept, the first 95% of a project will take 95% of the time and energy, the last 5% will take the other 95% of time and energy). It's that point where you ask yourself, "just what am I willing to do and give up to achieve my dream." It's a lot of work. And if you're not willing to go that distance it's perfectly okay. I know lots of "good enough" guitarists, poets, writers, designers, athletes, etc. They enjoy what they do and they're pretty damn good. But if you want to go farther, you need to give that other effort. If the first part is "motivation", let's call this second phase "determination." And don't think it's easy afterward, there are another series of "walls" after that one. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I think I've said before that the best, "naturally good" guitarists are not the ones you see up on stage. The "naturals" tend to burn out at that first wall. It's the ones that had to work hard at it that busted through that wall. Same for designers. Hmm, I may have to do a whole post on this.
Gov. Sam Brownback, you're a douche. And yes, I linked to your page to make it easier for your staff to find this. (Grokked from Eric)