Does anybody know how elite gamers get so good? It's simple really; it's all they do. So, you can either do what they do and likely get really good, or you can game and still have a social life. It's your choice.
Then, there are those gifted few who are good gamers AND have social lives. Most of the time, those guys are the ones who attend all the gaming conventions and stuff. Ain't nobody got the time fo dat!
So, I'l; provide a few pointers.
1. Never give up-remember the proverb, "If at first you don't succeed, you're doing it wrong. If at first you do succeed, you're definitely doing it wrong." You should never, NEVER get it right the first time. If you do, something's wrong. But, like I said, never give up. You'll get it eventually.
2. Persistence is key-some people say that if you don't get it, take a break and try again later. While that is good advice, it's better to NOT STOP trying. No matter how many times you fail, you learn something. Taking a break can allow you to give insight on certain things, but it's much easier to notice them while playing. If you don't get it, do it again. You'll learn something new that will help. After all, that's how I originally beat Zelda: Ocarina of Time when I was a mere ten years old. Ridiculous, and I was a horrible gamer! I was just persistent. I didn't know when to stop. When it comes to gaming, stopping is a word that has no meaning until you win, and then it's no longer a word. People say, "When you're done, you're done." With most things, that has relevance. Not in gaming. When you're done with a game, that's when you finally start playing.
3. Ignore both of those suggestions-but not completely. Both are essential to good gaming, but, unfortunately, there are those who will take it literally and not stop until they get it. While they are doing the right thing, they are also doing the wrong thing. Breaks are needed; prolonged gameplay can be detrimental to your health. Take regular breaks so you don't fry your brain and your body. But, they should be short breaks, and, when done, go right back to the game.
4. Don't panic or get frustrated-panic never helps and frustration makes it worse. If you panic, you do things you would not normally do, such as take stupid risks or just stop altogether. Frustration will cloud your judgement and you will end up losing or screwing up and getting more frustrated. See the third tip on how to avoid this.
5. Last, but not least, Try/Search/Attack EVERYTHING!-you never know when you're going to find something new. By trying new things, you can find better strategies or combos or whatever. By searching everything, you might find something useful, or something cool, like a special item or an Easter Egg. By attacking everything, well, you never know when it could unlock a new area or something like that, or give you an edge. And, it's also fun to vent out on random villagers or whatever.
If these don't help you in any way at all, then FUCK YOU. This is great advice and it comes from my soul.
Those are my two cents (though it feels like a lot more). Take it or leave it.