How Trophies are Fucking Everyone
As a cop, I get exposed to many of the wrongs within our society. There are insanely educated people out there who will have you believe that the downfall of our country can be directly linked to the introduction of crack in the 80′s, kids playing violent video games, and Justin Timberlake pulling out Janet Jackson’s nipple on TV. I’ve performed my own sociological experiment to determine once and for all what the real problem is.
What lead me to this breakthrough was just observing how dudes act when they get arrested. There is a large range of reactions starting from the experienced criminal who sees it as part of the game, the guy who realizes he fucked up, and then there is the dude who whines and tells you how much money he makes while threatening to sue for not getting his phone call (little hint; you have no constitutional right to a phone call when arrested. It’s a courtesy most guys will give you if you’re not a dick). One common thing about guy #3 is that he is usually from a generation where every kid in little league got a trophy. I know it sounds ridiculous but give me a few minutes and I’ll have you on my side.
That guy is now in his mid twenties to mid thirties depending on where he’s from and since he was 7 years old he’s been told he’s good. He’s been led to believe that just by showing up he’s as deserving of recognition as the kid who spent hours a day preparing for the season. Now I use the little league trophy just as an example but the reality is there are many more instances of developmental sabotage everywhere. Martial Arts schools now have 50 different belt levels so kids can earn a new belt every few weeks. Schools give out prizes to everyone who enters the spelling bee and stopped recognizing father’s day because not everybody has a father. Smarter kids are held back so the less gifted kids (they got to me, I can’t even call them dumb kids) don’t feel bad about themselves. I understand this may sound a little cold but guess what….the world is a fucked up place. Not everyone is good at everything and if you never fail, you never truly learn what it takes to succeed. I’d rather my kid not waste his time dreaming of being the president if he’s “dumb”. I’d rather him find his strengths through failure and focus his energy there. I know plenty of “dumb” guys who are genius brick layers.
If your kid sucks at football don’t force it. Help him get better or point him in another direction. You never know; he may turn out to be a world class pianist or discover the cure for cancer. Just think what may have happened if Albert Einstein made his middle school rugby team.
So by now you’re probably asking what this has to do with training or the Villain lifestyle? Easy. There are Planet Fitnesses everywhere making a fortune by giving everyone a trophy for showing up. Here is my challenge to all of you…
Push yourself for the next 60 days. Why 60? I have no idea. I guess because anybody can do it for 30 days. By pushing yourself I mean not skipping a workout, limit yourself to one cheat day per week, and no fucking excuses. There are going to be days when you’re exhausted, when you don’t have the time, when somebody will convince you to skip the day. These are the days that I challenge you to earn your fucking trophy!!
DBT is a 5’11″, 230lb beast of a police officer in a college town in Pennsylvania. He spends most of his time breaking up bar fights and keeping the peace in a non-bastard manner. He is a husband and father of two, and will be contributing much to StrengthVillain as well as our soon to debut sister project.