The Only Way Is Through
Excellence comes after being less-than-excellent along the way.
The Beatles did not become THE BEATLES until they performed more than 1,000 times in the early 1960s. They had to get their reps in. They saw what worked — and what didn’t. They got better over time.
The most famous comedians in the world drop in at comedy clubs and try out their new material in front of small audiences. By going through the process of seeing what works when the stakes are low, they know what to cut — and what to use for their Netflix specials.
Beethoven produced a lot of forgettable material, but in the process of producing many pieces, he also produced his Ninth Symphony. Quantity allows for quality.
For us, too, the only way is through: