One of my teachers had no patience for students complaining that playing the cello was hard. “Yes, it’s a hard profession,” he’d say smoothly, right before he gave you his signature death glare. Or “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”
We all know that you have to practice if you want to be good. But practice is sometimes as frustrating as it is rewarding. We don’t want to be good at some nebulous point in the future, we want it now.