In other words, participation trophies don’t last forever. They serve a purpose for younger children, but the workforce entering your organization understands that there are winners and losers in the world. They see it on television every week as they watch their favorite athletic team lose or reality show contestant go home. They experience it in sports, band, or choir as the move from middle school to high school. If they are college graduates, they have been competing their entire life to get into the best school.