Today as I was tidying up the office (hard to believe, but men do this sometimes...) I was listening to some French Baroque lute (guitar-like) music on YouTube. Someone's comment was 'we play not because it's easy but because it's very hard'. I presume that he meant that working on learning an instrument is a challenge, and the biggest value for him in that activity is that challenge. This is so different from many of my pupils: they know it's not going to fall into place in a few weeks, but that challenge is an enemy, and not a friend; it's a pain and not a pleasure.
Piano and keyboard teacher based in Eccleston, south Lancashire, England.