Losing is Good For You
Four tragic words:
“Everybody gets a trophy.”
Tragic stat: Trophy and award sales are now an estimated $3 billion-a-year industry in the United States and Canada.
Trophies were once rare things — sterling silver loving cups bought from jewelry stores for truly special occasions. But in the 1960s, they began to be mass-produced, marketed in catalogs to teachers and coaches, and sold in sporting-goods stores.
Today, participation trophies and prizes are almost a given, as children are constantly assured that they are winners – which leads to two poignant questions:
• If children know they will automatically get an award, what is the impetus for improvement?
• Why bother learning problem-solving skills, when there are never obstacles to begin with?
Read the entire thought-provoking Op-Ed piece: NY Times
Image Source & Related Article: Boston Globe
OTHER ARTICLES TO GET YOUR BUTT IN GEAR:
18 Seconds of Eastwood Greatness
“A storm is raging.
Nevertheless, they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath.
The abyss yawns below them.
Others stop and retrace their steps;
there is a sad weariness.
The bold ones continue.”
Write a I-Like-This-About-You Note, Text or E-mail Each Day This Week
This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. We are so often focused on the bad stuff that we forget to mention the good. You surely will make people’s day!
Inspired by: High Existence
Living With No More Apologies
I recently gave myself a poignant pep talk. Staring in the bathroom mirror, I reminded myself:
“Live the List is about goals, dreams and aspirations.
Everyone should be talking about this…Every. Day.”
It’s about inspiring people who are just going through the motions and not truly living life. It’s about helping people who are living in a haze of complacency and excuses.
So….no more apologies.