My first soccer team, “The Jets,” was a collection of 7-year-olds of varying athletic skill and equally varying levels of interest in the game. At our end-of-the-year team banquet, the coach ensured the awards ceremony left nobody unrecognized. A few certificates were presented to players who’d really earned the distinction, like the “Best All-Around Player.” But a few were just nice versions to ensure nobody was left out, like “Best Passer.” Patrick took that one home, but I don’t ever recall him successfully passing a ball. I won “Best Left Winger,” and I’m not entirely sure which category—deserved or honorary—I fell into.
But what was purely ceremonial at age 7 can be very different at age 17. Even the worst player on the team can do something that makes them an appreciated member, whatever kind of team it is.
If you examined your contributions, effort, and impact within your chosen activity, what award would you legitimately be eligible for?
Most likely to show up on time, every time?
Impact comes in many forms, and not all of them are eligible for actual awards. If your impact doesn’t garner accolades, create your own and work like crazy to win it, just for yourself.
The award can be fictional as long as the reasons are real.