I've heard that the day you stop learning is the day you die. Now I don't know that that's necessarily true, but I try to do my best to learn new things as often as possible. Call it my life insurance.
Kelly L. Murdock has come out with two great new books to help the average user to overcome the learning curves in Poser 8 and Anime Studio 6. They are Anime Studio 6 - The Official Guide and Poser 8 Revealed.
While it may not be the fountain of youth, it's certainly a piece in the puzzle to making great 2D and 3D illustrations and animations!