Conversely, the authors who have studied it long and hard and ought to be the ones who think it’s easy, never ever make such a claim.
I’ve been at this for years and I sometimes feel like I’ve only just begun. – Kyle Simpson
I recently watched Ben Callahan’s course on responsive web design. I found the most interesting bit was right at the end when he spoke about the 4 stages of competence:
1. unconsciously incompetent
2. consciously incompetent
3. consciously competent
4. unconsciously competent
Seth Godin has written a book called ” The Dip”. Steve Smith has a brief review of it here.
Between stages 2 and 3 we experience a Dip where we have to get worse before we can get better. This applies to just about any skill that we need to learn.