"The reason more people don't get to the top is they fail to get off their bottoms!"-Chris Brady
What a profound statement! Defeating mediocrity is a battle that goes on in our souls daily. The victor is the one who puts in the effort. Is it easier to be a slob and not keep things neat and organized, or make the effort to have an orderly existence? Is it easier to be out of shape and obese, or practice the regiment needed to be fit, and disciplined in your meal plan? Isn't a greater effort required to be an exceptional student, or does a lackluster performance bring excellence results? Does it take much effort to be complacent about what goes on around you, or would the act of speaking up and demanding change require one to go the extra mile? All these questions, and so many more define the difference between just getting by, and a meaningful presence through effort.
So what's the reward? Well pride in one's self comes immediately to mind. A level of self respect not granted to those who chose to do the minimum. Income also has a place in this conversation. For what is income but a reward for effort? Are you doing the work necessary to maximize your income potential? There is also the reward for being the example. I don't think you can put a value on changing another's life for the better by being an example they look up to and having others emulate those principles. Then there is the gratification of improving your mind. Little compares to the swell of pride that is gained by achieving a level of enlightenment that eluded you previously.
Now what's the reward for a half hearted effort?