I always tell people the best way to learn is by doing with some oversight by someone who has already learned.
SQL Server Books Online comes installed with any version of sql and it is the best peice of software documentation I have ever read. Although I have not read the new one.
If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.