Definitions: (1) highly skilled; thoroughly proficient; expert; (2) one fully accomplished or well versed in any art; a master

Synonym: dexterous

Derivation: The term adept was originally used to describe alchemists who claimed to have found the philosopher’s stone or a panacea.

Quote: Success follows those adept at preserving the substance of the past by clothing it in the forms of the future. — Dee Ward Hock (1929-2022) American businessman

Comment: One might have a natural aptitude or inclination for a certain talent, but to become adept at anything one needs to spend quality time pursuing its practical details – often for a very long time.