Every advance reveals a new shortcoming. Your job is to endure the lows and optimize the highs to achieve a positive slopewithin the jaggedness of the messy middle — so that, on average, every low is less low than the one before it, and every subsequent high is a little higher.Scott Belsky, The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture (Amazon)
Whether it's in life, a creative endeavor, or in business, the ‘messy middle' can also be portrayed as a sine wave. Some people surf the wave, others drown.
Life is not linear. Here's to the emotional journey of anything great.