I remember when my first project launched. I expected some fanfare, and a couple hundred hits—you know for the first few slow hours after launch—but certainly a steady stream of thousands breaking down the door immediately thereafter.
In retrospect it was an egotistical and naïve thought process. Granted, I was still a teenager, and at the right point in my career for learning hard lessons.
Don't fall in love with your work.
Don't believe your own hype.
We all see cliché bullshit quotes so frequently that they become meaningless in passing. Sometimes it's hard to slow down and realize they're retold over and over because they're true.
Every once and a while one of these hits home for me. It would have saved a lot of heartache over the years. No pain, no gain, I guess.