I ran across a post by Jason Cohen today that says the only way to guarantee startup success it to have joy in the journey. By all financial measures, it is very possible that you could pay yourself meagerly for 5 years like we did and end up closing down the company. It happens frequently to startups all around us.
If you are happy along the way and achieving great personal growth, who cares?! You can choose to live with less financial income happily and still experience a rich life in all the substantive ways that matter.
I will always treasure those years of struggle. They were so immensely rewarding to my colleagues and me.
What are your thoughts on taking joy in the journey?