Nothing goes as planned. But, that is a good thing…really. Believe it or not, joy really is in the journey. Human beings were designed to overcome and we are happiest when we are learning and growing.

Andy Rooney once said, “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

A friend of mine from law school had a very wealthy father. One day he heard a difficult conversation I had with an employee and to cheer me up he said, “You know Jeff, you will look back on these times with fondness. My father is worth almost a billion dollars and he is bored to death. He says he misses the good old days when he was broke and battling the world to build his business empire. He said the challenge and problems made him feel alive.”

All entrepreneurs want to have more time, money or freedom. In the end, remember that what you really seek is happiness and perpetual growth. Next time things don’t turn out how you planned, remember to appreciate the challenge in front of you, it is what you will cherish most when you look back from the top.