I agree. The only shortcut to getting better (then good, then great, then greater still) is to work at it. I call it a shortcut because it's the quickest way to improve and learn. People don't notice the hours (days, weeks, years) we spend trying to get better, they just say "you're so talented" or "you're so skilled" or "I wish I had your ability." The way I see it, yes they do. My "talent" is desire. My "skill" is determination. My "ability" is time and effort. Every skill can be learned if we have the desire and the determination, and if we spend enough time making a genuine effort.
Shit, now I feel like making a Tony Robbins video or something.