I'm a productivity nerd who likes systems, and I'm trying to develop a structured approach to learning magic at an accelerated pace. I know reading this I sound like another impatient kid but hear me out. After reading through a number of threads in this forum there seem to be two competing philosophies on how one should go about learning magic. Camp #1 Traditionalists: The most recommended approach appears to be to pick up a couple foundational books (Royal Road, Mark Wilson's, etc and start slogging through the material. As a competitive golfer and student of political philosophy, I know how important building a strong foundation is to future development. On the other hand I'm always skeptical of the conventional approach and I don't see a lot of value in learning a ton of tricks I have no intention of performing. Camp #2 Radicals: There are a few in the magic community who advocate for letting one's interest guide the learning. These individuals recommend seeking out tricks that interest you and picking up the slights and performance tips along the way. If a person purchased 10 commercial effect at $20 bucks a pop, and took the time to perfect the underlying slights and performance, it seems to me they could have a professional quality working set for around $200. The latter approach appeals to me as it seems more efficient, however I'm committed to taking my magic seriously and I really want to build a strong foundation in the art. I tend to think the optimal approach is a blend of the two philosophies. A healthy focus on fundamentals and source materials with a few commercial effects tossed in to retain interest and improve the overall effectiveness of my magic. I'm eager to hear what the more experience members have to say on this topic!