There are an unknowable amount of problems to solve out there. An infinite amount of art to be created. At times, it seems like we’ll never be able to do it, to be the person who solves the problems or creates the art, but it’s mostly because we lack the patience.
A problem can take 50 years to solve.
An artist can take 40 years to become known.
Deadlines are human constructs, not divine ones. The practice and the effort are more important than the results. Let the results drive your behavior on how much to invest.
If you want to be the artist or the problem solver that people look up to, patience is a requirement. If you don’t have it, someone else will.