The right teacher is so important. Mine knew I had kids to raise, dishes to wash, and a job to go to. Sometimes practice consisted of picking up and attempting one line of music. Also, once I got a song into my head, she would help me go for it. I was working on a piece once for a few weeks and went in and said, I want to learn the Yellow Rose of Texas. She said, Oh great, I have the music for that. And that week, we learned the Yellow Rose of Texas. The following week I was able to show her much more progress on the previously worked on song. I needed that flexibility. Something like the Suzuki method would have been the death of me.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.