As said above, I think there are 2 completely different mindsets when building. Contest builds and fun builds.
For many years, I was stuck in the contest build mindset. Everything I did 'had' to be full of every bit of detail I could fit, I 'couldn't' start on a model until I had all the right references at my disposal. I found the novelty wore off pretty quickly.
With the fun build mindset, I actually finish things. I'm not afraid to experiment with different techniques (because if it doesn't work perfectly, who cares!), and subsequently my models look better for it.
Its a hobby. It's supposed to be fun. Just have fun with your builds, and you can't go wrong