When you do something, it’s both more fun and enjoyable to use proper technique, know how to train and take in the lessons learned from the very best. This way you won’t have to re-invent the wheel yourself and you can build upon the knowledge gained by others. Of course, to excel you still have to put in the hours, but you can get a head start and more quickly move into the more advanced aspects of your chosen activity if you have a solid foundation and understanding of what it’s you’re doing.
A training or development plan, training diary and “match” retrospectives are universal tools that form the very foundation to succeed. But the beautiful thing is that once you master a skill or activity, you can then start to apply the methods and mindset that allowed you to succeed into other areas.