Success is the destination which every voyage of efforts seeks to attain. The days of conceptualization, planning, process initializations, errors, corrections et cetera are rewarded with a solace in success.
What Is Trophy?
Trophy, being the major article for the recognition of success, goes beyond a plaque. It is a responsive term that fits into diverse categorizations.
For a sales manager, trophies are those nice figures on the account book at the end of a stipulated business duration. For a sportsman, it’s a medal in addition to an gigantic cup or similar article.
A journalist can settle for the Pulitzer prize, while a novelist will happily cling to the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In spite of the euphoria that accompanies award commemorations, I’m still unsettled with the aggravated importance attached to those articles of recognitions.
As far as logical reasoning is concerned, a trophy is a memorial of a goal you can no longer achieve with respect to time. It’s the definition of how bad you were at the period under consideration.
Although, you don’t agree with me, but I’ll press deeper to point you unto accurate perspective.
I’ve had a fair taste of success and its ensuing trophies, so I can tell it’s an atmosphere that is worth basking in.
Why Are Trophies For Losers
For time immemorial, trophies have been a source of motivation for all. If I should partake in a race, my utmost desire will be to cling unto the shiny golden trophy which comes with a fat cheque.
Nonetheless, I have the following reasons why I believe trophies are for losers. I’ll be showing a contextual contrast to the world’s accepted realities.
I will draw an analogy using two finalists of a competition, Jack and Jill. As insinuated earlier, the goal of every competitor is to “be the best”.
At the end of a competition, Jack went home with a trophy while Jill got a firm handshake accompanied by, “thanks for participating”.
Although Jack happily went home with a throphy, I still can’t reconcile the fact that he is a happy loser.
Why? This is because he has attained the highest point obtainable in that particular competition for that season. Since he is the best, it means he has also attained his initial GOAL of “being the best”. He has also LOST that goal because he is the best.
Any other concerted effort he will make will be towards maintaining the position he has already attained. Thus, his new goal should be to “remain the best”.
Going home with that trophy in subsequent competitions, means that he has successfully consolidated his position as the “loser of the goal of being the best”. He is just living the life of the best.
On the other hand, Jill still has the goal of “being the best” which Jack has already attained and “lost”. Jill is not a loser, she only failed to actualize her goal of “being the best”. She will become a loser the day she either stops trying to be the best or when she loses the goal of being the best (by being the best.)
There is a high tendency of Jack to stop training aggressively because he has become the champion he had always dreamt of. And the moment you stop dreaming of something bigger than yourself, the growth of your sphere of relevance gets truncated.
I’ve seen and heard of people who attained stardom and made a shipwreck of their lives when they did, simply because they had no more goal to aim at. A few of them had higher goals, but couldn’t work towards it because they were comfortable with the shiny golden trophy they clung unto.
Trophy is meant to be an incentive for greater works, but that is not true for a whole lot of persons. It has turned thousands to be mediocres. It has killed the morale of many.
I once heard of a 29 year old footballer who decided to resign from competitive football simply because he has won most of the top football medals in Europe. But we have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo who is still pushing it hard at 32 and will even win more trophies if he ends up as a coach.
It’s like a cycle. You once thought mediocrity was a curse, you worked hard. You pitched the top and touched it. You had a warm satisfaction and decided to go back to your days of mediocrity. Can’t you see that the cycle is obvious?
This is common among most entrepreneurs. They get into the market, get about 10% market share, and pitch their tents around it because millions of dollars continuously flow into their back accounts monthly. Why let what you fought hard to attain to remain dormant like some piece of old furniture?
Why be a loser of bigger dreams simply because you satisfactorily realised one.
Jack can still have a bigger goal of beating his past records even though he has beaten all other competitors. Irrespective of the recognitions to your accolades, the day you stop dreaming and aspiring is the day you firmly consolidated your position as a loser.
Don’t aim for the top if you don’t have plans of making it more enviable than you met it. Trophies made some people losers who basked in the euphoria of past glories. Learn to shelf your trophies and press onward to something bigger, until then, you can’t be a winner forever.