Tuesdays With Ryz – Who Wants a Trophy?

You work hard.  You play hard.  That’s the way I was raised.  All of the work that you do comes with an equally rewarding payoff at the end.  

When I was younger, it was usually a Butterfinger Blizzard from Dairy Queen, a bag of Big League Chew from Danny G’s or scoop of watermelon ice cream from Scoopers on the Westside. Sometimes, it was even a trip to Hills or Children’s Palace.   While the sad thing is that most people reading this have no clue where some of these places are, the worst part is the fact that a generation of people equally don’t know the concept that led to the reward.

In a culture where trophies are no longer a symbol of victory but serve the same purpose as a uniform for participation, the same is true for the payoffs for hard work.  Everyone wants the spoils of the victors, but few are prepared to do what it takes to become a victor.  

To achieve the things that people want in their lives, you have to be prepared to tackle the things others won’t do.  It may be painful, it may be hard, but that’s what makes the end so worth it.  The scars and pain we endure pale in comparison to the lifelong feeling of accomplishment and lessons we take away from these experiences.  

We don’t get trophies for simply trying.  We get to touch experience, and that is more valuable than any trophy one could hold.