My friends and I grew up in a time before you were awarded just for showing up. You would only get a trophy if you were the best. You would only get awarded for succeeding, in more than just arriving. 

We have come to call these awards for participating, or even being rewarded for failure, lackolades. The last place trophy; lackolades. High fiving after a strike out; lackolades. The fist bump for missing a spare, lackolades. 

As time goes on more and more people are being made to feel good for not succeeding, hurt feelings done feel good and losing doesn’t feel good so we should make people feel good by celebrating what they can do instead of what they do well. 


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