Thanks for the details, both anecdotes are very thought-provoking.
The "hone your skills so you can be more readily creative" has great resonance, especially. It's weird how so many things that are artful, effortless, beautiful are only that way because they're built on a bedrock of toil.
I like the 10,000 hours concept in which we must put in 10,000 hours of deliberate effort in order to be excellent at something.
The thing is, because I’m interested in so many things, I rather be a jack of all trades than a master of one