Many people are good at starting new things. Whether it’s a new business, or a new game project, or a new website – they’ve always interested in starting something new. New always seems to be fun.
For one or two weeks.
That’s how much many people enjoy new things, and then they come up with even better fun idea and promise that “this time I’ll make it properly”.
Until two weeks passes.
Soon they’ll realize that there were some problems… mostly about others. Others were problem because they left the team or there was too much competition or that somebody in the team just realized that it just wouldn’t work – so it’s better to start another project.
These people might struggle on their jobs, starting new things and go complaining on forums “how they’ve trie everything” (and then list all the projects they’ve started). Things just won’t work and besides, they have too little time because of jobs, families and hobbies to care.
These people have a problem.
In their minds the problem seem like it’s time or other people, but if they’ve managed to start many businesses, many game projects, many great new things for years… it cannot be time. It cannot always be other people.
It’s most likely about lack of persistance.
If you think about learning languages. Nobody masters a new language when they start. I’ve studied Finnish, English, Swedish, German, France – even Chinese. I manage with Finnish and English pretty well, but don’t really have good skills in any other languages. I’ve studied English for over ten years, but spent much less time and effort on other languages. I spent less than 100 hours learning Chinese. Naturally you can understand that my Chinese is way more weak than my English. That’s quite natural since I’ve spent so much more time studying and learning English. This is where many people do a mistake. They think that building a successful game, project, or a business should happen instantly. It’s like they would try learning France and after 2 months they can’t speak fluently and they go to forums telling how nobody can learn France. They also try German, Swedish, Polish and Russia and go telling people how “they’ve tried learning all these languages – it’s impossible to master them”.
Of course it’s impossible in such a small time frame. You simply cannot learn a language in couple of months – and same goes with so many things in life as well. You gotta have persistence. Instead of tying to find fast success, focus on developing your persistence. In fact… that’s the fast track to success. Take baby steps towards your goal. Take those steps daily. You simply have to be persistent.
Most people are good at starting new things. That’s easy. Not everybody possess the will and persistence to finish what they’ve started.
And that’s the hard part.