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What does it take to be a good linguist?

Hello! I am from a nation where English is a second language for most citizens. Currently, I work as an English teacher in a public school secondary level. I am also currently enrolled in a university with a Master's Degree in English as a Second Language, hoping I could finish the degree to help me greatly with my profession. Language is the main focus of my career now. We are exposed to these different language theories/ theorists and I must admit I admire these people who are very good in language. And I mean very good when they really can move and inspire teachers like me to love the language and transfer this kind of love to many language learners. Now, I wonder really what goes beyond the love for the language? What does it take to be a good if not very good linguist? I am excited with your personal insight and stories. Thank you!