The transfer to physics learning (or any other learning) is real:
- Even if you're not good at something, you can improve dramatically through intentional practice and engagement with feedback. The 'intentional' and 'engagement' parts are really important.
- You can't be sure about what your 'talents' are before putting in work. We're obviously not all going to be Paganini, but we could all improve a great deal by practicing the violin purposefully over the course of a long time period.
- Consistent practice over time is better than fits and spurts of intense work. I haven't practiced a lot, but I'm now doing an open figure drawing session twice per month. I could get better faster by practicing more often, but doing the time that I am doing all at once and then stopping for a year wouldn't be as productive as spreading it out.
My first attempt at a face, back in the summer:
My most recent face, from yesterday: It's not the best face ever drawn, but it's a ton better than I even thought that I could do!