We enjoy collecting things.
When we are children, this comes naturally. Pokémon is the most profitable franchise in history due to this inherent part of our personalities. Star Wars, the number two, is twenty years older.
The gamification of learning shifts our perspective of it. Learning is collecting. We collect skills, each building upon each other. The path is difficult. The challenge is what makes it attractive.
Break down what you want to learn and collect each element. At the end, when the collection is complete, be amazed at how fluidly all of the elements work together.