In his sophomore year, Michael Jordan couldn’t make his high school varsity basketball team. Albert Einstein failed his first college entrance exam. Immanuel Kant didn’t publish anything significant until he was fifty years old. Outstanding achievers often show very little early promise.
You shoot for the Zeno’s paradox of perfection, always closing half the distance, but never really arriving at your destination.
It’s not always fun, but it is eminently rewarding.