When I was a kid I played most sports that were available at the time. Sports was my life, my dream of becoming a professional baseball player who would be the first to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Trouble was I couldn’t hit that well, was a poor fielder and spent most of my playing days on the bench in the sports I played.
As a result my trophy case is empty. If I was playing those sports today with the same talents I had then, my trophy case would be filled.
In my day you were awarded for winning and to the best went the trophies; the losers accepted the fact that the winners walked away not only with trophies but bragging rights. To be the best, to be a winner we had to work harder nothing would be given to us.
There were no scars for life because we were rejected by not receiving a trophy, it only made us tougher and more agressive…for those who wanted to excell, the others rode the bench.
Today those youngsters playing sports are rewarded for being second best, losers, all receive a trophy for showing up, even if they don’t show up all the time. Winning is not a priority, Leo Durocher famous line, “Nice guys finish last” doesn’t mean squat in today’s world finishing last gains you as much as finishing first, less the larger trophy, but heck I have my little trophy who cares I’m a lousy player.
Are we providing any incentive to our youth? Is this why our country is no longer the manufacturing giant it once was because mediocrity is good enough? Are we teaching our kids not to aim high because they will be rewarded if they don’t reach the top?
Then when they get out into the real world they can’t understand why they keep losing their jobs or are not advancing? They’ve been trained being a loser is ok.
Since when did someone mandate everyone has to receive a trophy for showing up? Winning is not everything, it’s the only thing that counts; you have to learn to accept losing but you don’t have to make a career out of it.
Take away the trophies, teach sportsmanship, leadership, and inspire success in sports; the trophies will follow.