"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice." -Brian Herbert. Not everyone can do everything. But everyone can get better at doing that thing with practice. You might never be equal in craft to Mozart, but you can still learn to compose and grow in that skill. Everyone starts at a different skill floor and can achieve a different ceiling. Practice is merely the deliberate effort to grow a skill set. Your notion that practice in a creative field is wasted time is wrong. I have never know of any master of any craft who didn't put significant effort and time into honing and developing their art. Finding peers who appreciate the same field as yourself to soundboard off each other and grow together is a hallmark of many of the most skilled in their art. Why do you think so many philosophers gathered in Athens. Or why so many poets and writers shared the same circles. Art is not required to be a sojourn. Peers can be as critical to the learning process as instructors.