Have you ever seen the bit in the world’s strongest man contest, where the guys have to pull a truck? They get down low, take up the slack on the rope, lean forward and start to pull.
Nothing happens at first and then slowly, slowly the truck starts to move and build up speed as they overcome the inertia and gain momentum.
SEO is like that: Your early efforts are incredibly difficult.
Earning those first few links, getting those first few rankings, getting your first email subscribers, getting your first followers on twitter and facebook – is hard, hard, hard!