Came across this great quote from Ben Folds:
“I spent maybe six months just running scales with a metronome like a freak,” Folds said. “I suppose that did something.”
Of course it did something Ben!
Fundamentally, it’s about knowing that being a maniac about something is the right thing to do sometimes–not as a way of life, of course, but as a way to build up expertise or a skill that you feel will be fundamental to your life sometime in the future.
When I learned HTML I think I went through hundreds of tutorials–just did everyone I could find. It was important to know everything–not just the things that were immediately involved in a project.
I also went through a phase when I underlined everywhere word I looked up in the dictionary–and then I’d review all the ones I’d ever circled–every week! My wife gave me a weird look about that one.
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Folds.