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I hear it all the time.
"I don't have enough time to get good at Game X. I have a wife and kids/a job/I'm not in college anymore/blah blah blah." This is also analogous to the excuse "You play this game too much, I actually have a life."
This excuse has been around forever. People look at pros or people who do something and assume they can't do that because it requires too much time, and it's not limited to video game playing. I hear it when it comes to fitness, cooking, studying, etc. etc.
Let's look at what's wrong with it.
First of all, people tend to overestimate the amount of time needed to become skilled at something. They assume that to get to a good level, you need to play 24/7. Maybe if you want to reach the highest level of Starcraft in Korea, that's true. But to reach an above average, competitive level, that is wholly unnecessary.
Almost any hobby, you can achieve a lot if you simply put in a little bit of time every day. You can become fit in as little as 2 hours a week at the gym. You can reach conversational proficiency in Japanese in an hour a day for 3 months. I even see people brag about how many hours they put into all their games. Imagine taking all those hours and focusing them into 1 or 2 games.
Second, what separates most competitive players from casual players is simply mindset. They understand what they need to learn and how to practice.
Like I mentioned, I've met a number of players who said they wanted to get better at a fighting game. But they are more content to go herp-a-derp and mash buttons in games instead of sitting down in practice and figuring out what does what. Even in my local competitive scene in SF4, there are people who've played and started the same time, yet some have still stayed at a poor skill level and some became consistent high placers at tournaments. The difference is that the people who legitimately want to get good will look things up, ask questions and watch other people play in addition to getting their games in.
Being an older player myself (26 years old is considered old in the competitive gaming world), I often network well with other older players. And we'd reminisce about our younger days and how we could play all day and be so interested to go out to other people's houses and stuff. With the older crew, we got jobs and other hobbies and not a lot of time. One or two sessions a week will do it for us and we'll put an hour or so online if we have time.
1 - There's always time, you just need to manage it properly.
2 - Smart players use their time more effectively.
I don't want to hear "You play too much" or "I don't have enough time" as an excuse again. I'll accept "I really don't like this game that much" or "I don't care for competitive gaming," but if you honestly really want to play at a higher level, the opportunity is there. You just need to look for it.