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I feel like there is a lot of excitement involving the initial steps towards developing games. Kids (myself younger self included) get very excited about making games and talk for hours about the games in their imaginations. Then comes the initial game making experience. A lot can happen there. It feels like a no-man's land where many enthusiasts fall away. It seems to me that there are a lot of good, talented people out there who end up stuck in the mud. Is that just the nature of competition and a necessary hurtle to greatness or should something be done to avoid it? I feel that experienced game designers with a history of success could offer a lot of help, but then again, sometimes people are punished for our kindness. However, I feel that having the right mentality would both help a person get through the hard times and make it easer to approach professionals. Could I get some tips on crafting a positive and effective mentality regarding these issues during the early staged of a game design career?