As an example, the other day I was working on an idea for a Flash animation. I needed to make a button for an interactive video. Previously I had no idea as to how to create a button in Flash, let alone create any sort of interactivity. But I read up on it and it was pretty simple. I created my button and coded it to skip to the next frame of the animation. I felt pretty good about myself at that point. I had gained some knowledge, and could use that knowledge in the very near future.
Revel in these small victories, guys. Even when no one else cares.