One of my founder/CEO friends this week was just stuck. He said a prayer and took a nap after his 4th day in a row getting up at 3am to do the day-job to build the startup into the night.
When he woke up, someone he never expected right from his target market had just pitched the other half of his product vision, can fill the COO role, and a day later is ready to join forces and go to the next level.
Sometimes we cannot force our own breakthrough. But we have to keep pounding pavement until it comes. Just be open to all that effort being a waste—only the results matter.