Everyone deserves everything without working for it, at least that’s what our liberal leaders today would have you believe. Growing up we were taught to strive to be better and that hard work will get you ahead in life. In many cases the “next generation” is entirely too soft.
The higher the pedestal, the harder the fall. Some kids are put on such a high pedestal, that when they get into the real world, they get a shock and cannot cope, since they have always been told that they were so great. This is indeed why that I am in total support of Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s decision to return his kids “participation” trophies.
CBS Sports reports:
When it comes to hard work, Steelers linebacker James Harrison is old school. We’ve seen it countless times, whether it’s in the weight room, on the volleyball court or even while cutting grass.
Not surprisingly, this old-school mentality extends beyond the workplace and into Harrison’s home. And here’s the proof, via his latest Instagram post:
“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues”
In my eyes, if everyone gets an award then no one will know their weaknesses and if you don’t know your weaknesses you will never maximize your potential.They are killing hard work and determination with these awards. In my opinion, you shouldn’t get a trophy for just participating. Maybe a ribbon, trophies should be awarded only for the best of the best.
Society has done a real disservice to today’s generation by putting up with this. If they’re average, let them be average! There is nothing wrong with that. Teaching them that they should be rewarded for average is more like telling them just showing up is “good enough”. Let kids reach for the stars without telling them that the stars don’t matter. Where is the ambition when the one who does little or nothing gets the same award as the one who gives his all! That is NOT real life. We need to prepare our children for the real thing so that it won’t knock them down.
God Bless. Dean James III%