What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau
It isn’t the reward, but the process that makes us better people. When you achieve a goal you get a reward. You may get recognition, a pay raise, a trophy, or simply a pat on the back. The reward for achieving the goal is nice, but it isn’t what is most important.
What is most important are the lessons learned and the skills developed through the process of achievement. We embrace the learning process because each event is an opportunity to learn; each experience is a hook on which we can retrieve information. In our minds-eye, our experiences make us who we are. When we keep our eyes and ears open, when we listen and learn, the path to achievement is building the foundation for future success.