Effort is its own reward if you allow it to be : Happy Thanksgiving

This from entrepreneur, author and speaker, Seth Godin, in a post last week in which he asks “Worth it?”

That’s a question you hear a lot. “Was it worth it?”

Not certain what either “it” refers to, but generally we’re saying, “was the destination worth the journey? Was the effort worth the reward?”

The thing about effort is that effort is its own reward if you allow it to be.

Seth’s post meant a lot to me when I read it upon hitting the office last Wednesday morning. On the walk from the ferry to the office, I was really wondering if the effort was worth it?

  • Can the opportunity itself to serve others and do something that’s never been done before be worth the effort when the rewards, financially or just completing what you’re trying so hard to do (if that ever happens), are so delayed?
  • Is it selfish to expect immediate reward in any respect when you’re blessed with the God given talents you have, the idea you’ve come up with, the vision you have, the people (team members and clients) committed to the vision, and the opportunity to make a little history?

Reading Seth’s post that morning, I couldn’t help but think of the Rolling Stones Lyrics:

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well you might find. You get what you need.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you’re blessed too by finding effort is its own reward.

Kevin O'Keefe
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