Once upon a time, there was a hard headed guy that had more money than sense.
He purchased a $2,000 TIG welder online, and was going to teach himself how to TIG weld. After about 2-3 weeks of very frustrating "lessons" on what not to do, this hard-headed fool went to the local community college, planked down $300 more dollars, and signed up for a TIG class after work. It was the funn'est/best thing he had ever done for his fab skills.
Inside of 4 weeks (of a 16 week course), he went from frustrated and disappointed, to "not too bad for a beginner" and has continued to improve ever since.