When You’re Not Rewarded For Your Good Work

When You’re Not Rewarded For Your Good Work

You’re the first to get to your office in the morning and the last to leave when the day ends. You do your very best on every project and then add a little extra to impress your boss. You always ask if there is anything else you can help with and more often that not, you spend your weekends doing the extra work your boss asked you to do. But at the end of the year, you’re not the one who gets the bonus… You’re not the one being rewarded.


That colleague of yours that was always late and always first to leave, the one that you always had to help with everything, well she’s the one getting the bonus this year. And you find yourself hating the world for being so damn unfair.


Life is not fair. The good guys, the ones that always go the extra mile, the ones that are always kind and compassionate to their neighbors, the ones that always stay on the right side of the law, they don’t always get rewarded with the best that life has to offer. In fact, sometimes they even seem to get punished by the universe for no reason.


And for many of us, this can be extremely discouraging. What’s the point of spending a lifetime trying to be healthy and exercising everyday if you’re going to be the one that is struck with a terminal illness? What’s the point of spending ten years studying and fighting for a good career if you’re going to get jailed for ten years just after you graduate for being at the wrong place and the wrong time and being of the wrong skin color? And the guys who continuously steal from the poorest of the poor are left to fill their rotund wallets as they roam the streets freely.


Things like these will always happen. We won’t always get rewarded for our good work. But does that mean we should get tired of doing good? That we should turn to mediocrity and never try hard in anything? That we should become the “bad guys” because at least then we won’t be so disappointed when life doesn’t reward us for our work?


No, we should just change the reason we do our good work.


We have grown to feel entitled these days. We have come to expect to receive something every time we give something and therein lies the problem. The universe doesn’t owe us anything in exchange for what we give. We don’t “deserve” the good life just because we think we have worked hard for it. Whether we are rewarded or not, it will never be because we have done anything to deserve it. It will always be a mere blessing.


When you work hard, when you try to be a decent, worthy and good human being, never do it because you expect to be rewarded by the universe. Do it because you want to feel at peace with your own soul. Do it because you want to feel like you’re living your best life. Do it because you expect to find your reward during and not after your work and to find that reward within yourself.


As always,

Cheers to life!



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32 thoughts on “When You’re Not Rewarded For Your Good Work”

  • Great post! I love it when people discuss little topics that are often overlooked but extremely important.
    I’m usually the person doing the “extra mile” yet I never found myself seeking a reward because it was always just something I do. It’s sad when people get discouraged because they are not rewarded from other people, yet they always forget to reward themselves.

  • I am with Liz, I am a Director at the office and I see the ‘entitlement’ issue all the time. Hard work will pay off though for many! But I can completely understand how frustrating seeing how others getting ahead with less effort can be really frustrating. I have been there many times as well. XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  • I absolutely agree! We do good not because we want to be recognized for it (then we’re just being selfish). We do good for the sake of doing good.

  • Thanks for this! I needed to read today something like this. Thanks for making difference, for a different point of view.
    “The universe doesn’t owe us anything in exchange for what we give. We don’t “deserve” the good life just because we think we have worked hard for it.

  • Great post here. Really gets you thinking. This is definitely happening in the world. It’s important to not get all caught up in it. As long as you’re putting out your best, I believe that one way or another, life will reward you.

    What we need to realize is that people that are prospering have their own stories. There’s a background or a behind the scenes story as to how they got to the point they’re in today.

    Overnight success stories usually are not even true. It may have taken years plus a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to that moment.

    It’s important to not get caught up in all that and just live our own lives the best way we can.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Life reallyyyy isn’t fair is it! There genuinely seems to be no correlation between effort and reward, and sometimes luck goes in your favour and sometimes it goes against you.
    Fab post!
    lily kate x

  • Great post. I feel the same, as a lot of people work in offices and aren’t appreciated, then there are a couple who are just way too entitled.

  • It is something i am in the midst of learning. My father is living with me and has Alzheimer’s and it is like entering a world where different rules apply. It is not a give and take transaction and this was a much needed and inspiring reminder of the why!

  • The absolute best way of thinking about it. Actually – we do get a reward when we do good. We get clear consciousness and the knowledge that we’ve done something to make the world a better place. At the end of the day, when we are gone people won’t remember us for the possessions we had – they’ll remember us for our actions.

  • The way I think about it, I am working for the LORD and not for man. Everyone see’s how hard I work even if they don’t say it out loud lol

    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

  • Rewards are a major source of motivation and they help individuals work with much passion and put their heart when they work and therefore, the results are good tloo.

  • I agree with you about finding a better reason than rewards (economic mainly) to make a good work and I also strongly believe that WE ARE NOT OUR WORK, we are the way we live, the way we create relations and also the passion we have in doing things. The matter of reward expectations is often a frustrating way to ruin potential good work relationship since people are overwhelmed by envy… believing to deserve more than others.

  • I don’t think that we should work for a bonus. That is wrong from the start. We should find a job that rewards us by the results we get. If we love our job, we give the best and the rewards will always be bigger than we expect.

  • Such a smart and excellent post. Sometimes we all forget about this or actually don’t know and we bear ourselves over it. Loved reading it 🙂

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