The Climb Up Mt. Disappointment

Everybody knows that the path to success isn’t all daisies and sunshine. It’s a challenge! It’s a trial by fire and the rules are always changing. Achieving success is a mountain you have to climb, and if you’re a novice, that often means a lot of disappointment along the way.

Enter Mt. Disappointment, L.A., California.

View from Mt. Disappointment

View from Mt. Disappointment

Honestly! There is a mountain in California named Mt. Disappointment, so-called because when the land surveyors in 1875 climbed what they thought was the highest peak in the L.A. Basin, they realized upon reaching the summit that there was in fact a higher mountain just to the south. The surveyors then had to pack all of their equipment, descend the mountain that had just climbed and then ascend an even higher mountain. Whether it was in jest or they were that frustrated, the first mountain was named Mt. Disappointment.

However, the mountain hasn’t gone to waste. Since its naming, the peak was flattened and in the 1950’s it was used for a Nike missile base. There is also now a service road that connects Mt. Disappointment and its rival, San Gabriel, for avid hikers. The loop is famed for being difficult, but incredibly scenic. Those who are up to the challenge of reaching San Gabriel’s peak are rewarded with views of Mt. Baldy (yes, Mt. Baldy), the L.A. Basin, Strawberry Peak, the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood Hills.

Mt. Disappointment is certainly more functional than fun, but it’s purpose has been served. Without that initial, albeit anti-climactic ascent, the surveyors wouldn’t have discovered the more impressive opportunities afforded by San Gabriel. Sure it was disappointing, yes it was frustrating, but it wasn’t a waste of time to climb Mt. Disappointment. The surveyors were where everyone who has been a beginning entrepreneur or a start-up business have been. To find the next bigger and better success, you have to overcome some serious disappointments. But each disappointment gets you closer and closer to your next achievement.

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