Leonard tells us that when we decide to become very good at
something, whether it is sport, technical endevour, or
whatever, the keys are to locate someone that is already
good at that and get advice - basically the apprentice
system. Then practice, practice, practice. He gives examples
from pro baseball - many top stars weren't that good as kids
but had a deep desire to succeed and thru long practice,
surpassed the more naturally gifted players.
So there's hope for you and me.