Most of us know how different real life will be, from whatever it was we planned.
It doesn’t prevent people from assuming that it will be different the next time or with the next activity.
This is just as true when it comes to learning something new.
That’s when a simple question will come up. Is it worth your time and effort?
But more often the question is: Will you invest the time it needs to move from the “valley of ignorance” to the “plains of clarity”?
Not to forget: what happens when uncertainty raises its head? It inevitably happens once you got started. Maybe even before when you have to figure out where to start.
Whenever there is the ambition to walk a new path, the process will have to be discovered. Starting it with the expectation that it is straightforward leaves aside that it will be a learning experience. That is, a learning one needs to commit to and learning that happens while doing the work. And learning that can make it more difficult to define milestones for a project.