Apprenticeship, on the path to mastery, learning a new skill, being mentored, working towards self-improvement, gaining skills that will lead to prosperity long term, decorating or renovating a home, stick-in-the-mud, unwilling to invest the time needed, holding yourself back, not getting external recognition.
The Three of Pentacles is a card of Recognition, Competence, and Advancement. It is often associated to development, achievement and religious ceremonies. The Three of Cups encourages you to be grateful for the things that you have.
In the recess of a church, there are three persons standing beneath an arch. At the left side of the card is a mason perpendicular on a bench possessing a tool in his hand. One man is a monk, head smooth-shaven as a disciple of the church, wearing a brown robes that happened to come with his pledge of poverty. Subsequent to the monk is presumed to be a nun wearing a slightly garish garment.
The Three of Pentacles is all about putting in time and effort to gain reward.
For those people that have invested in learning a new skill and becoming a master of a field of work, especially the arts or crafts (including woodwork and construction), they are just about to be rewarded.
Having spent time to reach the height of a profession, you are now regarded with respect.
The Three of Pentacles in a reversed position often speaks of delays in success; the cause is usually the self.
Either fear of failure or unwillingness to commit to the path of learning are the usual culprits.
It's necessary to remember why and if gaining these skills are important to you and to realize that most good things require discipline and hard work.