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May 11, 2017

Destroy Children for Life by Giving Them Unearned Awards

Pampered Chefs Wanted

“Punctual, reliable, and hardworking…”

I was visiting a delicious breakfast and lunch spot, Toast, in Montclair, New Jersey with some friends last week, where a “help wanted” sign was taped to the door. The above traits appeared first in the list of requirements. How sad that any manager would have to type those specific characteristics.

Being consistently on time, dependable, and industrious comprise the minimum standard for holding down a job. In bygone times a job hunter would read that sign and think to themselves, “You mean to obtain this job I have to just exist?” Possessing certain attributes should be a given.

Competing Against Competency

I knew that standards are being relaxed or sometimes nearly vanishing in the name (misname, rather) of “equality.” I knew about the “everybody gets a trophy” phenomenon. However, I had no idea how many arenas of society have been infected by this disease. Few places are off-limits now.

Next time a friend brags about their child’s first place award in an extracurricular competition, see if you can muster sufficient guts to ask them where the participants below their child placed. If you assume they’ll respond with something kind of normal, for example “second” or maybe “third,” you may be surprised.

I say this because a friend fractured my mind earlier this week with the sledgehammer revelation that her child’s performing arts studio has been racking up meaningless accolades by having students participate in “competitions” where everyone achieves a first place prize, which is only slightly modified with different element names like “gold,” “platinum,” or “phallium.”

It’s as if the bad guy from The Incredibles is running things. We need more Simon Cowell in this crazy world.

Bad for Business

Even someone with no entrepreneurial or bismuth management experience should recognize the connection between developmentally damaging non-contests and a hiring crisis afflicting the workforce with spoiled, deluded, self-proclaimed-expert candidates who lack even basic qualifications.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s ridiculously easy to stand out these days. Just show up.

3 Comments on “Destroy Children for Life by Giving Them Unearned Awards

Juno
May 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

What a bunch of unoriginal and tired arguments. You really think that in “bygone times” everyone was punctual, reliable and hardworking? Human beings have always been flawed; you’re romanticizing the past big time.

You also mention the many “arenas of society [that] have been infected by this disease” but proceed to list…none of them. Recognize that your evidence is anecdotal. Buff that chip off your shoulder and take a closer look around you: there are inspirational, aspirational, and accomplished young people making differences everywhere.

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Linda Gardiner
May 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

I believe Josh Huizing is one such “crisis afflicting the workforce with spoiled, deluded, self-proclaimed-expert candidates who lack even basic qualifications.”

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Linda Gardiner
May 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm

Maybe having some educational background in the job you are doing would also apply to basics. Like learning how to write, spell, edit etc…

“Even someone with no entrepreneurial or bismuth management experience…” Need I say more about bismuth as opposed to business?

Does the parenthesise of “help wanted” make sense? You are quoting it I suppose but then shouldn’t the H and W be capitalized? I believe they are in those very common signs and most likely in handwritten ones as well.

So one will really “Destroy Children for Life by Giving Them Unearned Awards” (note me quoting your title properly). So if I want to give something to my son just because I love him and for no other reason, or at least nothing he earned per se, I am in the wrong? You make ridiculous broad generalizations and are clearly not a parent.

What does “Pampered Chefs Wanted” have to do with anything? You don’t like nice kitchen tools to help you be industrious? Or are you trying to be funny about what exactly the manager of Toast doesn’t want? Very unclear.

What is with all the hyphens?

Why so many quotation marks? Do you have no original words or thoughts?

Did you know that in most sentences or uses of that in general that is entirely unneeded. That you can most often cut that out of most places and not be missing anything but a meaningless that.

Leaving you with just one more thought “We need more Simon Cowell in this crazy world.’ Really, you are endorsing Simon Cowell?

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