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"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it." - John Ruskin


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What do you think of when you read the following terms: incentives; commissions; bonuses; awards? These are all terms used to convey something that causes or encourages a given response by someone. Another word for this is motivation. It's used all the time. And one of the most powerful tools that people use to motivate others are rewards. And this is the topic I am focusing on for my 65th motivational wallpaper.

I call this one "Reward", making this wallpaper my 10th for the year.

The preceding list is a sample of the types of rewards we use. Many times, rewards are given to others in the form of money, possessions, or even simply recognition.

These are all fine and some are worthy of putting our efforts toward. But would you even consider the added benefit of self improvement as the higher reward, as compared to attaining the actual prize?

It would probably surprise you that most would only consider the latter as the real reward. Even fewer would go through the effort of trying something if they knew ahead of time that they would fail (of getting the prize), for the "becoming" would not be motivation enough - only the prize.

I'm not saying that the prize should be looked down on or deemed as unworthy of attaining. I'd just like to encourage those who fail to try something worth pursuing - because they feel that they wouldn't win anyway if they did try - to go out and give it a shot.

The true reward is that you will become a better person for going through the process because character development, attainment of knowledge and wisdom, and gaining a sense of having done something you haven't done before, will ultimately come.

In the end, you will be a better person for it. Consider that as the highest reward!
- Original blog entry from 05.20.2009

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