For the first four years of our life, we pretty much dedicate ourselves to the craft of becoming a better walker. Then from 4 years old until forever, we pretty much plateau in our craft. This makes sense, once you’ve learned to walk, you’ve pretty much learned it. It would be silly to dedicate your time to become a master walker. There’s really no reason to touch your walking technique after you’ve learned how.
Your art on the other hand, is a completely different story, and yet most of us treat it the exact same way. We discover our craft as a writer, or a photographer, or city council member, and we work really hard at it for the first couple years. Once we’ve got a pretty good grasp on it though, we stop working, and allow ourselves to plateau.
The problem is, art is not like walking. Becoming a master of your artistic craft is a worthwhile effort. But it is a lifelong journey, and only those committed to bettering themselves year after year will reach that level.
Don’t plateau. There is always room for improvement.