One of the most daunting things for "new" players coming into "live" casinos is often the embarrassment of inexperience or being intimidated by stronger more experienced players and new players can often be put off playing tournaments for the first few times. If you’re not sure when to call, pass or raise and if you make a rick it can be embarrassing in front of the live opponents. Whereas on the net you have total anonymity. Nobody knows you - you can’t be intimidated really - turn the chat off and the action is so quick even if you drop an almighty clanger it doesn't really matter.
The other thing is these young players on the net are playing sometimes playing five times as many hands per hour. So one years experience on the net in real terms can represent the same as a live player playing for some five years.
Once you become more proficient you have the confidence and skill to try B&M competitions and probably you'll be better than many of the live players. I've noticed these young Internet players are totally fearless. It’s very hard to bluff them and they stick it in with no fear at all. It was remarked I remember at the WSOP that the previously revered top pro's were showed no respect by many internet players and they were getting sucked out on. Start off on the fun play - progress to the small comps watch the best players (see the leader board) watch the comps to conclusion- learn how to play the later stages of the finals every facet of the game can change from the re-buy period to the middle of the comp into the money just before the final and the final itself. Changing gears getting low in chips and taking calculated risks at the right times and not getting involved if you have good chips are very important skills to learn. Watch TV poker, read poker books, befriend good players on the net and in live casinos and try to wheedle out any advice and information they may be willing to offer you.
Before you know it you'll be winning comps earning good money and enjoying the thrill of beating all your opponents and being the best player on that particular day. The internet will ground you very well for a Poker future - but don't do what some do and restrict yourself to internet play only. It's important to develop reading tells and this is hard to interpret on the net. They talk about auto calls and pauses etc but reading body language in the live casinos and putting people of hands or on a bluff is an exciting skill to learn.
Good Luck All
See you in the final!