I have recently taken up this challenge of trumpet playing. My goal is to be able to play in public. The chances are good that I will fail. I've been working on it now for 3 months. Now, I know that 3 months is *nothing* and that people have been playing for decades and are still trying to improve. Before you prejudge me, let me say that I'm not after instant gratification. I do have an appreciation of the level of effort it takes to achieve anything (academic, athletic...) worthwhile. Nevertheless, a question still nags at me. How long do I work at this new project before I can conclusively say that I have given it a fair try and I simply will not succeed? Is is a year? Two? No one can tell me long it will take to reach my goal. I want to know how long before I can tell if I should give up? Is that even a fair question?