A common question during a job interview or performance review is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” But we seldom get asked how we’ll get there. The focus is more on being there.
This quote, from the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, is about enjoying the process. Getting there could be a great experience in and of itself, depending how we perceive that process. On the one hand, we can perceive it as an unfortunate inconvenience or hindrance to where we want to be. But on the other hand, we can perceive the process not as an obstacle but a catalyst–as the means to getting there.
At the end of the day, without the process of becoming, we will never be. So we don’t want to skip that part.
Moreover, we get to watch ourselves grow, discover, overcome, and improve day by day.