There is no substitute for practice. Studying a lot is the latchkey to follow the steep patch to gather knowledge and skills. To learn, technically learned, use properly, then mastery the profession by using it creatively is a long way for most people. Shortcuts are more design for amateurs who looking for speedy results, it defined a simple equation from A to B, the so-called Success Rules to produce good works, or numbered list of doing things all not realistically helpful for the long run. It is harmful.
Curiosity is the number one attitude that any creative person should have. Stop attempting would put the possible new into a barred, protected space that was declining naturally. The curiosity evolved from the broad technical confidence, which is originating from a well-crafted practice and assignment.