“Happiness isn’t obtained. It’s earned. It’s not the product. It’s the byproduct.”
“Happiness” is not “earned” either. Not is it a “byproduct.” Happiness is a state of mind.
“For this reason, the idea that some serene state of bliss can be sustained with pleasure and contentment, although seductive, is misguided. Over the long-term, it takes more than that. It takes a sense of striving.”
Hence, the importance of ideal-seeking behaviour, your state of mind remains blissful.