Mystery of the ‘next level’

I often see articles by photographers that state ‘if you learn this it will take your photography to the next level’. My questions are, what is the next level?, how do I know if I have achieved it?, how many levels are their? if I do your lessons will you give me the mysterious list of levels to judge my progress?

Now I’m all for gaining knowledge from photographers who are much more talented than me and are gracious enough to share their experience, the problem is if I do their lessons yet another photographer also wants me to achieve level nirvana with him or her it seems like ‘the next level is always going to be around the next corner...

How did Henri Cartier Bresson or Ansel Adams ever get to where they were without the mystical knowledge of ‘the next level’ maybe they were just good or maybe they practiced a lot.. perhaps not being in the age of the internet simply let their talent shine! 

So alI in all ignorance is bliss when it comes to the ‘next level’...

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