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

NATIONAL BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING BOOKS OF 2018 BYINC. The Messy Middle is the indispensable guide to navigating the volatility of new ventures and leading bold creative projects by Scott Belsky, bestselling author, entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, andproduct advisor to many of today's top start-ups. Creating something from nothing is an unpred/>TheBYINC. NAMED NATIONAL BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING BOOKS OF 2018 BYINC. ...

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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:413 pages pages

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

  • Ty
    Jul 09, 2019
    The management team of my company read this book together and discussed it as a group. This book is particularly well suited for this type of activity, because it is a collection of 2-3 page essays on management, leadership, and business topics. The essays are loosely grouped, but the ...
  • Matthew Finlayson
    Feb 07, 2019
    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,...
  • Kashifpasta
    Jul 02, 2019
    Never in my life have I felt so represented as I did reading this book. Scott keeps it REAL. It took me a while to finish The Messy Middle - I kept stopping to absorb the information before coming back weeks later - and every time I re-started, the next topic would be exactly what I wa...
  • Alyssa
    Feb 06, 2019
    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
    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"...
  • Matthew  John
    Jul 27, 2019
    Note: this review is a lot more influenced by the content in the book than the eloquence or the way it's structured for consumption (in fact I felt the short sub-sections structure sometimes end up disrupting your flow of reading). As a startup founder who has spent more than 3 year...
  • 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
    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...
  • Andrus
    Apr 06, 2019
    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
    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
    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...
  • Mina
    Jul 11, 2019
    "The lack of a map for the voyage ahead caused an existential angst that meant I felt the need to live and sleep with one eye on the compass." "Attribute your wins to those around you, and be the first to take responsibility for losses." "But comfort also breeds complacency. Peri...
  • Terence
    Mar 14, 2019
    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...
  • Zach
    Oct 12, 2019
    What impressed me about this was how generous Belsky was in writing this; any 3 or 4 chapters would be, in the hands of stingier expert, a full 250 page treatise. You get a strong sense that Belsky stripped everything insight down to its leanest, meanest, most essential components and ...
  • Glenn
    Dec 03, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Boni Aditya
    Aug 07, 2019
    I have read a book similar to this one, How to build a Billion Dollar App from the founder of Hailo Cabs. This book is written by the founder of Behance, detailing all the important milestones that he has gone though while building the app. This is a good book about how to deal with va...
  • Eduardo
    Mar 20, 2019
    Most valuable book for entrepreneurs ...
  • James McAulay
    Nov 16, 2018
    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...
  • William Anderson
    Jun 03, 2019
    The Messy Middle is in fact not about the middle. Its a sharing of anecdotes and experience from the founder of Behance about running a company and how to deal with its end. While written with a target audience of startup founders, they will find its enduring advice invaluable, and hop...
  • Chandra Halim
    Nov 25, 2018
    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...
  • Evgenia Trofimova
    May 01, 2019
    A good book about startups. Honest, from the founder who cares about people and who doesn't do much 'fake it till you make it' lying. Saw it recommended by Eamonn Carey on Twitter, but as I read often on startups/founders, this book didn't share much new. If you don't read a lot on ...
  • Martin Broz
    Mar 10, 2019
    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...
  • Anna Gunn
    Nov 10, 2019
    One of my stand out books of the year. A reference book that I am glad I brought rather than had on kindle. This is one book I will make a point of re-reading every year. Every page is a guide, with useful advice that isn't based with how-to's as every industry is unique - but rather ...
  • Ramanathan Palaniappan
    Aug 17, 2019
    90% of startups fail and a small 10% make up for a majority of the generated market value (otherwise referred to as 10x growth). What do the 10% possess that the remaining 90% fail to do or recognize? There are a lot of factors at play but the middle of the startup journey is a very go...
  • Slav Ivanov
    Nov 10, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Maciej Nowicki
    May 08, 2019
    The Messy Middle is about project management ? specifically, the mysterious and volatile middle that nobody talks about. Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, a product advisor and also an entrepreneur describes this part of the whole process as something extraordinarily bump...
  • Inhye Baik
    Jan 29, 2019
    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...