Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go

“No doubt the first requirement for becoming strong at go is to like it, like it more than food or drink, and a second requirement is the desire to learn.  A third requirement is to study it, using proper methods, patiently, little by little, without cramming… Rome was not built in a day.  It may not take years of devoted study to the exclusion of all else, but it does take effort piled upon effort to become strong at go.  The only ones who fall by the wayside are those, be they gifted or otherwise, who forget the word ‘effort’.” (emphasis mine)
Kageyama, Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go

Replace “Go” with any other skill and you have a fundamental law of “getting strong at things”.  It’s funny how technology tricks us into thinking that we can learn things faster — all of a sudden.  It gives us a sense that facts somehow are the same as knowledge, or that an almost endless encyclopedia is a replacement for an discerning mind, or more importantly that effort is no longer a requirement for getting strong.  Not everything is instant, not everything is digital, and not everything is easy.  Just the way I like it.