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BJ'S BLOG 12/05/11 "Growing Through Challenge"

Last week, Facebooker Christopher Chester D. and a texter both turned me on to this story.

Adam Corolla recently did an interview where he talked about the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Here is what he said,

“We’ve created a bunch of f***ing self-entitled monsters. And this has become the pursuit of my life where people are so far out of it in what they expect and what they think realistic is and what the set of rules that pertains to them versus the other guys- Because that’s what the bottom line is. ‘I want my Most Valuable Player trophy.’ ‘Well, you’re the slowest, fattest guy on the team.’ Why should he get one and I don’t?’ ‘Because he busts his ass and he runs a 4.4 40. That’s why he gets one.’ ‘Well, this is bulls***.’ And then everyone gets involved and everyone gives everyone a participation trophy and then everyone feels good about themselves but it’s not based on anything. You should feel good about yourself because of your accomplishments. Not because someone yelled at you to feel good about yourself and you got a fake f***ing piece of plastic that was sprayed gold and had your name on a plaque at the bottom.”

That was some great stuff from Adam.

We’ve said it before and it has been the theme of our show for over ten years now, why don’t we let boys be raised by men?

Boys grow through challenge and men are the ones who can teach them properly about that.
There is this book by David Deida called, “The Way of the Superior Man” that teaches boys and men how to be real men and that happens when being properly challenged. I even paid my son one summer to read this book and I’m glad he did.

I do agree with Adam Corolla when he said everyone says “I want my Most Valuable Player trophy.”
Look, you’re not challenging a boy if you give him a participation trophy when he’s average to horrible on the playing field.

I was an awful ball player but I wouldn’t be here today if someone gave me a trophy in Little League. It made me realize I had to find what I was good at and then work hard at it because I clearly wasn’t good at baseball.

It’s bad for us to praise children for things they don’t accomplish and to tell them they can be anything they want to be because when they go out in the real world, they will get pummeled. The reality is, almost everyone will not be an astronaut or president,  the reality is that you will have a regular ordinary job…and as long as you’re working hard and are honorable, there is nothing wrong with that at all.


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People : Adam CorollaChristopher ChesterDavid Deida

12/05/2011 8:21AM
BJ'S BLOG 12/05/11 "Growing Through Challenge"
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12/05/2011 11:04AM
The only thing I'll add is that I was subjected to the "participation" trophy. It meant nothing to me. If everyone gets a trophy, then it renders the trophy meaningless. The only trophies I've kept are from actual accomplishments. I never kept the participation trophies.
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