Trophies are for achievement, not participation!

There is a reason we have traditionally awarded trophies for achievement, but not for participation.

As with anything of this sort, a trophy is an award, a form of recognition, a ‘reward’ for hard work, talent, perseverance, and accomplishment. Just showing up is not accomplishment.

If we reward students and workers for just showing up, we will just get people who show up. If awards are given for work and accomplishment, then we get those who accomplish.

Which society would we rather live in, one that just ‘shows up’ or one that accomplishes something?

Then, depending on your answer, set the rewards accordingly.

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