I think for some of us gamedevs, and creative people in general, this could be one of the biggest obstacles. I know it used to be a huge boulder that kept falling down on my path time and again.
I don’t know how about you guys, but with me it had a lot to do with perfectionism. Whenever I looked up for inspiration I saw all these masterpieces by known and admired artists, bestselling books by acclaimed authors and massively popular games by some superhumanly-clever gamedevs - and then when I came down to earth and looked at my own project(s) with a critical eye, it was always nowhere near those unimaginable heights. It was flawed, ugly, amateurish, and so far from completion that working on it or even thinking about it just got me disillusioned and disinterested.
I think the major flaw of this way of thinking is this: we want too much too soon. We forget that the people we admire and look up to, in most cases spent years honing their craft, and their experience is vastly bigger than ours and we overlook the fact that even the best pros were complete noobs when they started and they made a lot of beginner’s mistakes along the way.
I think the key is to stop comparing yourself to others. It’s like, you want to be like those marathon runners you see competing on tv but you only started running few months or weeks ago, right? Or even if you had that dream for many years, you didn’t train regularily, did you? (otherwise you wouldn’t be here doing this marathon-like course, heh heh). So you either started doing this not so long ago or have been so far too irregular in your routine (or both!) - and you expect yourself to compete at the olympic level?
Don’t do that! Don’t compare yourself to ‘THOSE GUYS’.
I think to be successful with our projects all of us need to have a sort of tunnel vision.
Be like those working horses (not racing horses!) who keep pulling their loaded carts with blinkers on. We have to do what needs to be done and cannot afford to waste time by looking sideways, whether it’s a frog crossing the road or some spectacular rival horse with a pimped up cart.
Unglamorous? Yeah, hard work is most often unglamorous. But you’re getting better and stronger after each milestone and get to share your results.
I hope this helps, even if a little bit…
So, keep the wheels turning, my fellow working horses!