There have never been more readily available, high-quality resources out there for anyone with a camera to learn to become a photographer, and yet, becoming truly proficient is something that can't be rushed. This great video essay talks about why it takes time to become a great photographer.
Coming to you from Sean Tucker, this excellent video talks about how the process of becoming a talented photographer requires a heavy commitment of time. I think it's easy, particularly in today's world of advanced technology and readily available knowledge, to think there are shortcuts to mastering the craft. And certainly, it's easier than ever before to learn efficiently, but being able to quickly get the EXIF data of a great shot and being able to arrive at the intersection of creative thinking, experience, and technical wherewithal to produce such a shot yourself are two vastly different things, and I often see people who are frustrated that they can't make that leap quickly by attempting to mimic a great photographer. Take the time to learn, make mistakes, and grow, and you'll absolutely be rewarded for your commitment down the road. Check out the video above for more of Tucker's thoughts on the subject.