There is a saying that your grandparents may have told you, and it is that nothing worth having is ever easy. The longer you wait for something, the more you appreciate it when you get it. Because anything worth having is definitely worth waiting for. Remember when you were working for your first job, or even working on a paper in school, and you received your first paycheck or grade. You felt proud of this achievement because it is something that you took the time to work for, and you earned it.
It feels sweeter to make something on your own, than have it handed to you. This outlook can be applied to every facet of your life. Just make sure that you know what is important, and make sure that the end is worth the means. You can use this logic and apply it daily, to make sure that you are on track to receive the most rewards. Just have patience and your hard work and patience will prove valuable in the end.