To some, trophies and awards just collect dust and take up space. But if you’ve ever grappled with tossing out an award, and later kept it, you know that the value of an award is often much more than the sum of its parts.
It could be a Latin Honor Society medal earned for translating Virgil's Aeneid from the original Latin. Or maybe it’s that trophy you earned for your dedication to cross country — and everyone knows it already takes some serious dedication to run miles and miles without complaint!
No matter what you earned it for, if it means something to you, keeping that award can be sentimentally rewarding for years to come.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s not so silly to hold onto those trophies, medals and awards you worked hard to win:
- It’s tangible validation of your abilities.
- It motivates you to achieve more.
- It’s a conversation point for you to share with others.
If you’ve got any awards on your desk, you know they can serve as a powerful reminder that you have a recognized history of doing good work. Plus, it’s pretty nice to relive the win every time you see your award.
Want to add to your trophy collection? The best way to do it is to do more recognition-worthy work.
Reflecting on past wins can inspire future improvement and success.
Sometimes the best part of recognition can be sharing your achievement with others. NOTE: Bragging and sharing are not the same thing, so remember to stay (at least a little) humble!
So think about the reason you won that award in the first place. If you worked hard for it, that award’s earned a special spot on your shelf.