this same question on social media, and were fascinated with some of the answers. There were plenty of mentions of listening, listening, and more listening. Some mentioned knowing music theory, while others relied on relentless amounts of practice. A reply to this question on Twitter elicited a fascinating response: "dedication patience humility listening learning seeking refining individuality acceptance longing suffering sadness joy fear"
Of course, there is no one correct way. But there are many paths to becoming better, and we at Yamaha MusicSoft enjoy hearing these success stories. It's pretty well documented that some famous musicians do not know how to read music.
What do you think? What makes you a better musician?