Patience. Although beer seems simple, because there are so many different types of malts, hops and yeasts, the combinations are limitless. It gets even better when you think adding things like cocoa, coffee, spices, etc...
It takes at least a month before the beer will be ready to drink, and that is with no aging. You can try many recipes before you find one you like, or there are plenty of established recipes that make a good product.
I switched to Meads after a while. Just honey and fruit if desired, and the yeast. I don't have the patience to try multiple beer recipes, there is already tons of great beer in my town, and there is hardly any mead (although it is slowly increasing in popularity).
Depending on where you live, there may be a homebrew store. They should have a beginner kit that has a 6 gallon tank, preferably glass. You can start there. If you like it, upgrade to better equipment as you gain more experience. Here's a good example of one: