This isn't typical style of article I write, but it's important...
As an FC and PVPer in general I have noticed one simple and omnipresent trait that differentiates great PVPers and bad PVPers. That is that Great PVPers actually PVP. Seems simple right?
Let me re-structure that statement so that it will hit home...
Most average PVPers falsely believe that they can PVE their way to PVP success. They think that getting more ships, more ISK, more fittings, and anything else but PVP Experience is going to make them a better PVPer and that's DEAD WRONG!
Many of the best PVPers in the game live Ship to Ship. By that I mean that they buy a ship, PVP in that ship, lose the ship in PVP, then repeat the entire process. They play to PVP and it's all they do. Making ISK is unimportant as long as there is a ship to PVP in.
Now obviously that lifestyle is reserved for Solo PVPers and the average Fleet PVPer needs more than one ship so that there are options. But don't go overboard! Get the ships you need and use them!
Why do people log on and sit in a station until someone comes to them to PVP or an FC kicks them in the ass?
IF you really want to PVP then go do it! Get in a ship, start a fleet, and just do it!
Everything else is worthless if you don't have the ability to push your ass out of the station and into a fight.
Don't worry about losing ships... On the contrary, go out and lose as many ships as you can! As long as you learn from it, you will get better.
I can teach you how to PVP. I can teach you advanced tactics. I can tell you how to win when you are outnumbered. I can even tell you how to become one of the best PVPers in the game. BUT NONE OF IT MATTERS IF YOU DON'T PVP!!!
So stop reading this, get in a ship, and go blow some shit up! (or die trying)
This article is my hero.