Theres good news for anyone who feels they don’t match up to “elite” status as a woodworker.
The song “Louie Louie” has three chords and is more recognisable than most acclaimed symphonies!
We shouldn’t confuse expertise in precision with the pinnacle of success. I could spend four months on a kick ass table, seeking out praise from my peers. I just probably couldn’t sell it for enough to be “successful”.
Woodworking, like life, is about tradeoffs and applied good judgement.
-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"