One of the more common arguments I see on audio forums and in audio groups is this idea that “the audience can’t hear the difference”. Or that they’re listening to an mp3 on earbuds and that everything you’re doing won’t ever be appreciated or matter anyway.
There is a tendency when you start out in this business, or any business, to think a few steps ahead. To think about where you're going or where you'd like to end up. But in that process, you might forget about where you are. Or at least, not want to think about it.