A part of me has always been rather fond of the “no pain, no gain” mentality. The giving “110% percent” mindset, and the idea that if you’re not actively engaged in effortful activity, nothing is happening.
But I’ve come to appreciate that gains don’t always happen when we’re in the midst of an activity.
I grew up learning music by ear, so when I first began playing in an orchestra and saw how some of my friends could simply look at a new piece of music and play it in real-time, I was totally impressed (and more than a little intimidated).
I did get better at it over time, but always thought of myself as a relatively poor sight reader.