Regardless of what you do, and how difficult it seems to be, there is a lot of awesome involved when you work your passions. Work is rewarding and I call it work on purpose because there is a change from something being a hobby to something becoming work, but that work has it’s awesome elements.
When the going gets tough, remember the things that got you to where you are. We have talked in the past about not allowing yourself to forget the original intent of the project by getting bogged down in the unknown. That means that when you are able to focus on the things you love to do, do them, swim in them, wrap yourself in the blanket that is your project.
The rewards provided by the awesome work provides the fuel for getting through the chaff. I don’t know who said it, but it was a professional athlete. The gist of the quote was, “I will play the games from free, the team pays me to go to practice.” I think this was Ray Lewis and while I could look it up, I write these posts on a 10 min timer and will allow you to look it up yourself if you wish.
While that quote is not a direct comparison to the projects you and I are working on, the sentiment is there. If I need to slog my way through the tough bits in order to do what I love for 4 hours next week, so be it. This is the price I am willing to pay. We need to keep our eye on the goal and part of that helping ourselves through the rough bits by remembering what got us to this point in the first place.