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Does winning an award matter?

AfricaHYS Team | 13:56 UK time, Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The list of awards these days seems endless. From the prestigious Nobel prize, to awards for football, music, movies and fashion. Some organisations give awards to outstanding workers and, of course, at a younger age awards are often given out in school.

They're used as ways of encouraging competition, guarding against complacency and rewarding best practice, but do people need rewards in order to do their best?

Have you ever won an award? What difference did it make to you if any? Do certain awards have more value than others? If you've never won a prize how do you feel? Send us your view.  

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  • Comment number 1.

    I won a few awards during my time in the Army and it meant a whole lot to me. As the popular saying goes "give honour to whom honour is due." It is very important to honour those people who went above and beyond in their respective fields. Recognizing peoples efforts will continue to encourage and multivate them to do more. My goal is to win the Noble Peace Prize in the future. While awards generally are good, some are more important and valuable than others. My daughter recently won a scholarship and she has been very happy about it.

  • Comment number 2.

    its such a wonderful feeling to be appreciated by an award. I have receive several academy awards and its does say a lot about an individual skills and ability in a certain field. I think recognition for outstanding performance and dedication is a positive way of advancement.

  • Comment number 3.

    In my home town Lira [Uganda] i played for a football team called Lira United and won the regional tournament we were awarded the trophy but the celebration atmosphere was very exciting, my personal experience at that moment was, this is the best so far i have done in life when the community celebrates with you. It is important to recognize individual or group efforts because it goes a long way not only to motivate them perform better but also make people feel loved and also failures should be recognized also to allow them improve by knowing what they did was a step towards success.

  • Comment number 4.

    Awards and prizes create a spirit of competition among people. They are also helpful in making people realize their latent potentials. People may have hidden skills within them and only need motivations to develop them into full potentials. Recognizing individuals achievement through awards and prizes encourages other people with hidden skills to strive for the best.

  • Comment number 5.

    Of course winning an award matters. Cash awards are obviously useful. Other awards in the form of a trophy or token are helpful as a signal that the awarding committee (persons) appreciate the work done. Just like a gift from a family member, friend or lover matters as a signal of goodwill, commitment and appreciation.

  • Comment number 6.

    I think your topic is more captivating because of the players photo you are using ,Samuel Etoo is an example of an individual with a winning mentality and spirit. trophies are good but mostly after you retire,you can then sit back and appreciate your efforts.Awards and prices serve as a motivating factor in anything we do ,to me it is not the most important but very essential as it gives you a sense of hard work and pride.

  • Comment number 7.

    Any competition without a price is no competition.There most be an achievement for any endeavour, without which not, that endeavour is void. An award is a crown of an achievement and in the HOLY BIBLE, THE LORD GOD said in the book of Isaiah 45 vs 19,`HE SAID NOT UNTO THE DESCENDANTS OF JACOB TO SEEK HIM IN VAIN´. An award is a crown of success,it boast morals, motivate and makes you want to go for more.i remember when i won the award of the best maths student in my class, it gave me some encouragement and in the following year,i became one of the best maths student in the country.it is so difficult for human beings to produce their best outside competition, and an award is like the goal to that.it brings out the best from an individual. we are created with different members(parts) and they have different funtions, so are awards also.we view awards differently depending on where we are competing.

  • Comment number 8.

    I won an international award in Mardrid Spain last year for our work here in the Mission with African migrants.It was great to know that our little effort here is being recongnize by people out there,it was a big encouragement to me and also a big challenge to srive for the best.
    But in this part of the world,success can also bring about jealously and even hatred.

  • Comment number 9.

    Yes, giving awards matter and it helps in the various ways:
    1. It is a motivating factor - It keeps many people pick interest in their work and and it focuses them.
    2. It is a way of rewarding hardworking people and recognizing them for their outstanding performances. Those that are lazy get to work hard.


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