If you want something to end up delightfully, wait until delight appears, then call that the end. If you choose to end on a sour note, you’ll accumulate few sweet memories.

From my friend David Schmaltz, writing in 2006.

Turned out to be true

“Tell me, what was I like when I was young?”

[Ann] Bowers tried to give him an honest answer. “You were very impetuous and very difficult,” she replied. “But your vision was compelling. You told us, ‘The journey is the reward.’ That turned out to be true.

— From Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, emphasis mine.

I’ve always considered “the journey is the reward” to be a meaningless platitude, but I suppose if it’s what an early colleague of Jobs most learned from him, there may be something to it…