“Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” – Alex Noble.
The journey is the reward is more than just a mantra for the day to day.
It is also a way that we should view our life’s work.
Life is a journey and a gift, not a game that can be won or lost.
Whether we are successful or fail in the challenges we take on there is tremendous value within the journey of life:
- Writing a blog with a couple of hundreds of readers is not a waste of time, it as a way to become a more effective and confident writer;
- A Startup project that fails to achieve its goal still will help you to learn new skills and expand your network; and
- Leaving your job to start your own business might not work out but at least you will know what you are capable of.
These are just examples from a life of journeys that I have valued.
I’m sure everyone has their own.
If you want to achieve true success as an entrepreneur, it is critical to value your journey. The rewards are important whether it is raising funding or reaching break-even, getting your first customer or your first 1,000,000 users.
The rewards are far less critical than the work you put in achieving them.
If you perfect the skills you acquire on the journey, you are likely to success, but if you succeed without perfecting your skill you acquire on the journey, you are unlikely to repeat the success.
This is why people who inherit things without working for them, over time lose them.
The skills you learn, the confidence you gain in yourself and the friends you make along the way will last much longer than any capital raise or customer.