Making new stuff is hard because the thing you’re making sucks for most of the process.
By definition it’s incomplete and imperfect the entire time until it’s “done”.
Plowing through that gap is hard though, because the current thing you’re making sucks and you don’t always yet know how to make it good.
Jordan Cooper (an entrepreneur and investor living in NYC) wrote a post about this process. The money quote:
It’s not easy to understand how just committing to talk about an idea with anyone who will listen is a totally reasonable first step to making that idea reality…for someone who hasn’t done it before, talking might not feel like progress, but the steps to reality are subtle and require faith.
It never occurred to me that merely talking about an idea could be considered progress. Small victories FTW.