You will never build something truly special and unique if you’re not willing to be uncomfortable. You have to be able to laugh at people telling you you’re doing it wrong, and instead do what you know is great and valuable.
In the course of creating your work, you are going to be forced to ask yourself: What am I willing to sacrifice in order to do it? Will I give up X, Y, Z? A willingness to trade off something — time, comfort, easy money, recognition — lies at the heart of every great work. […]
The difference between a great work and an idea for a great work is all the sweat, time, effort, and agony that go into engaging that idea and turning it into something real. The difference is not trivial. If great work were easy to produce, a lot more people would do it.