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I've noticed over the years that people broadly fall into two categories when it comes to any pursuit, be it creative, practical or intellectual.
Type A loves learning about all the fancy techniques and bells and whistles and new developments and speciality equipment and loves building a mental and physical collection of these, seeing it as a natural part of their progression.
Type B prefers to grind away at the basics, often almost fetishising how much they can accomplish with the simplest techniques and equipment, less distracted than type A by niche avenues to discover.
This is obviously a massive oversimplification and I'm not describing it very well either, nobody is either completely A or B. But I keep seeing it in my life. As an example, years ago at skool when me and my friends went through that stage where we all wanted to play the guitar, one of my mates was rather richer than me. He got a nice guitar with an expensive amp, and kept buying pedals for all sorts of things, electronic tuners and metronomes, different slides and capos, spending all his time trying to learn things like two-handed tapping and sweep-picking and the like. He couldn't stand there and play out a full song for the life of him. He ended up getting very frustrated at how much better I sounded on my cheapo Yamaha, when I just practiced for hours a day since I had nothing better to do. Lately another friend of mine got into weightlifting, quite coincidentally, at the same time as me. He's been upset at my progress when he's been trying all these fancy dietary things like keto or GOMAD or avoiding polyunsaturated fats (this list goes on forever) and he loves very unconventional exercises. Meanwhile I'm poor again and just eat the same, albeit more, and go to a cheap gym where I mostly do simple compound lifts, and he's frustrated I've had more progress. Even those grip-building doodads you squeeze haven't helped him beat my deadlift. But then I'm often frustrated when he tells me his new routine and I've no idea what the lifts he's talking about are since I've never bothered to memorise that much.
As I said, huge oversimplification. Hopefully you sort of know what I'm on about. I'd actually class myself as a natural Type A, I love having specialist knowledge and possess no attention span. I've occasionally just been coerced toward Type B by circumstance.