What you see at the tables is only a fraction of the story. Great poker players do a lot of work away from the felt too. Note-taking is one of most fundamental methods of study and review. It's amazing how often poker players under-utilize this amazing tactic.
Experience itself is not the secret ingredient to success in poker. It's just an off-shoot of the real core secret, namely time. Hours and hours of playing, reviewing, studying, reading, observing, talking, and more playing. And then again, and then repeat indefinitely. Let's talk about what this all means.
Finding balance between work and enjoyment is an important topic. If there's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, what's the point of going on the journey in the first place? This said, you don't want to live with your head in the clouds any more than you want your nose glued to the grindstone.