The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

Entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and product advisor to many of today's top start-ups Scott Belsky believes we focus too much on the start and the finish of any project, ignoring the most important part--the messy middle--where success is truly determined. Creating something from nothing is a volatile journey. The first mile births a new idea into existence, Entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and product advisor to many of today's top start-ups Scott Belsky beli...

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Title:The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture
Author:Scott Belsky
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Genres:Business
ISBN:B079WN554H
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture Reviews

  • Matthew Finlayson
    Feb 07, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

  • Alyssa
    Feb 06, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

  • Gabriel Alan
    Oct 29, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

  • Kacy
    Mar 07, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...

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    I may come back and read this in a few years. It?s mostly focused on early/middle stage tech businesses and for first-time entrepreneurs, so I understand how some may not appreciate it. ...

  • Aagave
    Nov 27, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

  • Devika
    Nov 19, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

  • Scott Wozniak
    Oct 19, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

  • Tim
    Oct 18, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

  • Andrus
    Apr 06, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    Dec 16, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

  • Vlad
    Apr 08, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

  • Daniel Henderson
    Nov 06, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...

  • Terence
    Mar 14, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

  • Denis Vasilev
    Feb 28, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...

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  • Glenn
    Dec 03, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

  • Russell Yarnell
    Feb 03, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

  • Dave Summers
    Jan 15, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

  • Eduardo
    Mar 20, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

  • Gints Dreimanis
    Apr 14, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

  • Justin Weiss
    Dec 14, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

  • David Wygant
    Dec 24, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

  • James McAulay
    Nov 16, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

  • Kingsten
    Nov 15, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...

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    I may come back and read this in a few years. It?s mostly focused on early/middle stage tech businesses and for first-time entrepreneurs, so I understand how some may not appreciate it. ...

    Great read A lot of advices and personal experiences on how to build a startup and the unspoken hardships of building one. ...

  • Chandra Halim
    Nov 25, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

  • Naumuv
    Mar 16, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....

    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...

    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...

    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...

    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...

    Full of nice advice, but unfortunately the book is as messy as the middle. Would work well as something to browse and look at in slow mornings to feel inspired. ...

    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...

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    I may come back and read this in a few years. It?s mostly focused on early/middle stage tech businesses and for first-time entrepreneurs, so I understand how some may not appreciate it. ...

    Great read A lot of advices and personal experiences on how to build a startup and the unspoken hardships of building one. ...

    i almost binge read this book. what a book. i had to write the summary of this book in detail- mediabloger.com/themessymiddle this is a huge turn on for entrepreneurs. ...

  • Martin Broz
    Mar 10, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

  • Slav Ivanov
    Nov 10, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

  • Rasa
    Jan 20, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...

    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...

    So many people are starting new things - new companies, new projects, new side hustles. Everyone gets excited about starting something, and finishing it, but what about what happens between those milestones? This book addresses that messy middle. The book is divided into sections ab...

    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...

    The Messy Middle caught my eye in the bookstore. The introduction is compelling, the middle of running a company is an exercise is enduring and optimizing. I?m living that right now, so I was intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn?t read more of the book. Each section has a common topic,...

    One thing to take away from this book for me was to understand that there indeed is a messy middle in everything we do. It started off very similarly to other books that I've read on the topic but as you keep reading this one, it all gets really fresh and mature. A lot of advice Sco...

    Imagine someone wrote a series of blog posts about their struggle through a startup and never published them. They then reviewed them and edited to finish the story of what happened. Maybe the entry had a great lesson to be learned. Then the best ones were put into a book and that is T...

    A book of this sort is incredibly hard to write and much harder to write well. Kudos to Mr. Belsky. Each short chapter in this book is a lesson Scott has learned in his career. It is likely that some of them will not be new to you but you might be surprised by how many you action fi...

    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...

    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...

    Tons of great advice, a fair amount of it unique and provided with adequate context so that the reader can judge for themselves whether to take it or leave it. Overall, the point here is that beginnings are easy, ends seem neat, it's the middle part of building anything that needs more...

    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...

  • Natalía Papadopoúlou
    Nov 12, 2018

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

  • Inhye Baik
    Jan 29, 2019

    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...

    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...

    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...

    The author, founder of Behance clearly has stories to tell but, alas, he has opted for sharing his opinions (in the ?teaching? style) instead. Also tries to cover too many topics and ends up just scratching lots of surfaces. Example: makes a point about calculated small bets, then ...

    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...

    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...

    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...

    Favorite quotes/ideas so far: "While Julie's life is complicated to be sure, a childhood with a disabled sibling also comes with a set of complications. One one hand, I felt immeasurable guilt. M possibilities and potential seemed endless compared to julie's and the opportunities an...