We all love praise and recognition, yet true inner happiness comes from clarity of thought, and personal achievement. An ego can only be nurtured and fed to a superficial level, the clarity comes from the knowledge that we create. The knowledge that we have succeeded. The growth which we sow.
The reward is not materialistic, nor is it universally perceived. The reward is a perception of true peace and of undiluted purity. The curve of a smile and the fullness of contentment.
The mind of a deep thinker…or complete rubbish…it is all down to interpretation and perception…