I’m a highly competitive person and have always been such. But one thing I hate is receiving an award.
When I was a kid I spent a lot of time ‘achieving’ as much as I could. I was in All State Band, I competed in piano competitions (and won scholarships cause of it), I played trombone in a semi-professional big band that toured the world. I received my eagle scout award when I was 13 years old (there were only two of us that year that got it that early). I graduated high school with a community college degree and graduated from UW with two bachelor degrees.
I’ve continued to receive awards over the years. Lately I’ve received numerous commendations and awards from Toastmasters (my title is ACB, ALB if you like alphabet soup).
None of this means much to me.
I’ve been stewing on one major concept which really upsets me about awards. Many times awards have 100% to do with the recipient, or politics. Having a degree in mathematics is something I did personally, earning my eagle scout award is something I did quickly by optimizing my time. They don’t affect many others besides me.
The things that have been truly rewarding to me I have received no reward or award for. I wrote a book that got a whopping 2 stars on Amazon, but it has affected people around the world by teaching them something. Guiding opportunity scholars during conferences is more exciting than receiving yet another sheet of linen paper to hang on my wall.
What do you think? Do you agree? Feel free to comment!