Here is some great advice from a friend of mine who is a math teacher (and a lifter).
This is how he likes to introduce his students to the process of math — which is exactly like the process of weightlifting… or the arts… or life:
I like to say in the first class of the year…this course is a heavy barbell sitting in front of you that weighs more than you think you can move right now. I can explain how to lift it in various ways, show you things to avoid doing when attempting to lift it, and show you that I can lift it, and share there was a point in time when I couldn’t, but whether that bar leaves the floor is entirely up to you.
I close with something along the lines of “and I could continue talking ABOUT all of this and you could be here LISTENING forever, but that barbell will just sit there. It’s only going to move if you want it to move and work at moving it.”
Now go do some math,
PS. I’m deeply jealous of his excellent mathematician-beard.