Building a game, or writing any software for that matter, requires a ton of effort. It's easy to start a project, but it's hard to finish it. I think the key to reaching your goal is maintaining some level of consistency in your work, which means doing your best to build and maintain motivation.
I'm motivated most by hearing about other's successes in game development. Listening to stories about developers creating something from nothing drives me to continue in my journey. Often these stories are riddled with failures and pitfalls, but the key to their success is pushing through those difficulties.
To help me stay motivated I ended up creating a playlist of videos that I listen to regularly. I've listened to these videos so many times I can almost recall the entire dialog. These videos represent some of the games and devs I grew up loving as a kid, and also some new ones I've come to appreciate later in life. When I'm feeling like "what's the point" I simply click play and remind myself of the hard work involved in creating some of the greatest games of all time.
I'm not saying that I'll ever achieve their level of success or anything close to it, but I do think that each of us is meant to leave an impact on the world, and I hope that mine reaches as many people as possible.
To check out my playlist click here
I'd like to know what sort of things you all do to motivate yourself. Take a minute and share your tips and tricks in the comments below!