Magical practice is alluring and it draws in a load of attention. Fairly so, too, as who wouldn't want to be able to conjure major advancements? There's a kind of fluid awesomeness that comes with such ability, and it certainly hasn't ceased to wow me at this point!
Naturally, this inspires curiousity and interest, but what I often see forgotten is that while magic & magical practice can make your life easier, you cannot approach it with a mindset that wants "easier". Doing so doesn't really net great results in the end, where approaching it with seriousness and a willingness to study tends to create major gains. It's as though being willing to bust your ass to comprehend the nature of the universe and then learning to apply that understanding to one's day to day practices, ritual and otherwise, is what generates improvement and gain.
Working to make yourself more productive wins out by something of a landslide too, as self-improvement naturally generates greater responsibility. By becoming more in-the-know and capable of running your day to day, you generate the foundation for further growth, and so both that groundwork and the expansion must be applied in equal measure. Footing first, then outward movement. This is the way.
Food for thought. ;)