There is no substitute for hard work. There is no evidence of high-level performance without experience and practice.
Practice makes perfect: The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to "goal-oriented practice." This is practice that reaches for objectives just beyond one's current level, involves self-critique, and is based on high levels of repetition.
Consistency is crucial. Elite performers in many diverse fields practice, on average, the same amount every day, including weekends.
Goal setting: gives you short term motivation and long term vision.
I can honestly give Elizabeth the credit for keeping my girls interested in piano lessons. All parents know about those transitional periods kids go through from Elementary school into the Middle school and High school years. Interests shift unless the lesson/subject is fresh. I find this applies to adults, too! Elizabeth grew up on the piano. She has the training, talent, expertise and passion to properly teach students. I have personally watched her develop her teaching skills. Her amazing personality keeps students focused, interested and learning. She's fun, loving, adorable and all around fantastic at what she does and who she is. - Lisa