I agree with this.
Now I have the confession to make that geared powerlifting disgusts me (not trying to start a flame war here, we have had enough of those). But GET STRONG first and then focus on gear.
I tell the same thing to aspiring crossfitters, marathon runners, even olympic lifters. Get strong first, do some conditioning and technique work and the rest will then be so much easier.
General always comes prior to the specifics. Do not have it backwards or it will take you much longer to progress. Good luck, and God bless!