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Monday Morning Motivation – Reward

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "reward."

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


Who remembers when you got a toy inside the cereal box? I’m pretty sure that the popularity of this technique led to the “happy meal” prizes that kids value so much today.

There is a big difference between a prize and a reward:

  • A prize is something you get.
  • A reward is something that you earn.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, people focus WAY too much on prizes these days and WAY too little on rewards. Putting in the time and effort to earn something has gone out of style. Veruca Salt’s “I want an Oompa Loompa now” mentality has become all too commonplace!

Fortunately, we don’t have to emulate the character of this unsavory character in Willie Wonka. We can make the choice to put in the hard work to earn our rewards, and, in my experience, the level of satisfaction is exponentially greater when we know that we have earned our reward.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you willing to do the work to earn the reward?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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