The pursuit of success is never a straight climb. You have to navigate many obstacles, recover from mistakes and overcome rejection or simply being ignored. The impediments to success require you to constantly pivot and make adjustments in order to deal with the impediments you will face. It requires flexibility, revising your expectations or taking a new, unchartered path. You must be nimble and adroit. You must acquire new skills and knowledge.
Because success is never a lateral ascent, you will often feel as if you are not making progress; that your efforts are not getting you closer to the top. At times you must pivot sideways or retreat or force yourself into the unknown. In this sense, the pursuit of success is not a ladder you climb; it’s more like climbing a jungle gym.