I used to think I could get from my current 4.5 to a 5.5 someday with enough hard work and a decent amount of talent. Then, this weekend, I watched part of the Arcadia Open and saw a 5.5 match between a guy named Vince Mackey and a younger guy. Mackey absolutely destroyed the kid, and I was amazed/disheartened at the ability gap between myself and a 5.5 like Mackey. MAYBE one day I can make it to 5.0. But 5.5 looks to be out of reach. Ouch.