Buying your first DSLR
Learning the basics of photography
Buying your next lens, accessories, etc..
lprobably earning the basic of photography(how to work with aperture, shutter speed, WB, metering, ISO, composition, etc)
it took me a couple of months before someone said "nice pics" hahaha
based on my experience the more i shoot, the more i get to used on my gears along with my improvement(though im still not that good)
Learning is the longest, because it is life long and never ceasing .