If this is not the most important lesson you need to learn in any endeavour then I'm not sure what is. In my teaching, studies and life I find every time I come undone more often than not it's the truth that's in this lesson that I haven't held to.
In this fast paced life we are looking for the quick fix; For guitar players we look for the secret, the trick, the thing that will unlock all the mysteries of the fretboard. The secret if there is one is in the following fable by Aesop, it's an important lesson, maybe the most important lesson you will ever learn.
The Tortoise and the Hare
There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired
of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race.
All the animals in the forest gathered to watch.
Hare ran down the road for a while and then and paused to rest. He looked
back at Slow and Steady and cried out, "How do you expect to win this race when
you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?"
Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking,
"There is plenty of time to relax."
Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to
the finish line.
The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up
Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late.
Tortoise was over the line.
Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
"Slow and steady wins the race!" he said