It has been a while since we last wrote a Motivational Monday, but I feel like this week it’s warranted. In regards to a comment we received last week on one of our posts (to which we wrote a response post regarding how to avoid being overworked), it reminded me that a lot of you guys are probably struggling to make your indie studio work for you. There’s nothing wrong with that either: everyone’s origin story is different, and the way your indie studio grows isn’t going to be identical to anyone else.
But that doesn’t mean anything when you’re struggling and feeling like success isn’t going to come your way. Whether you are developing your first game and you have no idea if you’re doing anything correctly or you’ve been developing games for years, yet you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in terms of creativity and the zeal to continue, this type of thing happens to the best of us. In fact, it doesn’t just strike every developer: it hits everyone!
Let me tell you a little story. First of all, I love what I do. I’m a writer that has the luxury of making a full-time wage writing for various clients from the comfort of my home office. It’s the most flexible job I could ask for, I find it rewarding to write content such as this that helps readers like yourself, and it’s fun.
But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been times when I’ve wanted to throw my hands up, throw my desktop out of the window, and give up. Despite the perks, there have been times where I’ve said I’m sick of running my own business and want to work under someone instead of being responsible for my own livelihood. In fact, there have been times where I’ve been dead serious on giving up.
Then something happens – usually within the following 24-hours – that makes me realize that despite the fact that I sometimes feel as if I’m tired of my work, ultimately I’m right where I want and need to be! Sometimes it’s the kind words of a client, and other times I have a small moment of clarity where I’m reminded why I enjoy doing what I do in the first place.
Look, we all have moments where we want to give up – we’d be crazy if it didn’t happen to the best of us. We’re human, and as such we allow our emotions to get the best of us from time-to-time. If our mood is lull enough and things don’t go our way, it’s a recipe for making us feel as if it’s time to move on. But don’t!
When you feel like quitting, just keep going. I remember hearing a quote from a jiu jitsu master who was discussing students that had obtained their black belts (and I’m paraphrasing loosely):
“I only know a few people that have received their black belts, but I know a whole lot of people who have given up on their black belts; everyone I know that have earned their black belt tells me they’re so glad they kept training, and those that gave up tell me they wish they’d have kept going. So keep training and just don’t give up.”
The same applies to your role as an indie developer: if you give up, you’re going to regret it. But if you keep fighting the good fight? You’re going to be thankful every morning that you kept on going. When you feel like giving up and doing something else, just don’t.
Keep making games, keep learning, keep growing your brand, and like the jiu jitsu master said, just don’t give up!