Starting out most people have views on magick generally color by the cultures they live in, as such this can result as a source of inspiration to pursue magick for spiritual growth and exploration.
But depending on where a person is coming from exploration begins from a point of curiosity and possibly fear or terror.
If for example a person is raised in a christian/cathoic environment the ideas surrounding magick as “tools of the devil” may be lodged in the subconscious and act as their starting assumption resulting in it coloring all their thoughts from this point on with this assumption. Like the idea " in order to gain power you must forfeit YOUR SOUL TO SATAN/THE DEVIL/EVILLLLLL " or that you must make lifelong pacts with demons to get anywhere in the practice of magick.
THIS is what is known as a false assumption which can lead to coloring the entire experience of exploring systems of magick in unfounded terror. Also the idea that only a pact with an nonphysical entity will gain you any power will do only plant the crippling idea that you YOURSELF have no power to change your fate without the help of outside forces. Operating from this false assumption also makes it alot more difficult to explore systems that focus on harnessing one own power.
Another false assumption that is portrayed in media formats as books and movies is that magick will solve all your problems instantly.
When this assumption is carried over into the practice of one starting out it leads to impatience and lusts for results without laying a foundation.
Magick can makes ones life better, however it is a skill takes work and effort to become proficient at like any other skill. Just as most trades of work take time,study, training and effort to become proficient at. Just as you cannot become a brain surgen overnight it is unlikely you will become proficient practioner in the art of magick overnight.
The post below has some resources that can help those starting out.