The significance of open reward
When you think about it, a reward for some good work or deed you have done should in and of itself compensate you for the deed. But there is something about being rewarded openly that is just as important as the reward itself.
It makes sense to openly reward those who have laboured publicly, like the athletes, and we sometimes overlook the ones who have laboured privately where no one could see.
In most cases, those who performed well publicly have spent a good part of thier lives working in secret, and thier results that have brought them out to the spotlight. So in essence, their reward is actually an acknowledgement of the efforts they have put in when no one could see.
As much as we should not seek an open reward for everything we do, we should not neglect the honour of receiving one publicly. It reinforces the values of hard work, integrity, persistence, vision, etc.