And I mean the real hard part. Choose any task that comes up during the day. They all have something that looks like the hard part on the outside. But once you start digging in and doing the work, the real hard part emerges.
A few examples:
Task: Playing orchestral trumpet.
Perceived hard part: Playing note perfect all the time.
Real hard part: Understanding the entire cannon of classical repertoire and adapting your playing to every situation. Also, doing this repeatedly and under high stress situations.
Task: Writing a big band arrangement.
Perceived hard part: Coming up with a neat idea for a tune.
Real hard part: Adapting an idea into an arrangement that is appropriately difficult for all players, sounds smooth from beginning to end, and that audiences will like.
Task: Making an album
Perceived hard part: Recording your album
Real hard part: Finishing your album
If you’re lucky enough to have a great mentor, he/she will try to warn you about the real hard part. And if you’re like most students, you’ll ignore it. You’re only noticing the perceived hard part. But if you’re humble enough to take their advice then you might get past the all the difficult parts.