Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Note: Noble versus Nobel

The recent Nobel Prize given to President Obama is fading from the news, but this morning I wanted to clarify what the definition of is, is.

No Awards Given For What Might Be

For all of the children and young adults who have witnessed the recent travesty called the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama, I wanted to provide a small dose of reality.

When doing your job or competing in a sport or contest, winning or losing is typically not determined by what it is that you intend to do or for who you are not, but by the tangible results of your endeavor.

For our young people old enough to understand, this Nobel Prize recently awarded to the President sent a very bad message about words versus deeds. All of the best intentions to get something done does not rise to award worthy status until you have hit your bogey. A couple of simple examples:

If you win a tennis tournament or football championship, it is award worthy. If you give a great locker room speech before the game, it is not yet award worthy.

Finding a cure for a disease or a medicine to help mitigate the symptoms of that disease is incredibly award worthy. Saying that you will find a cure for cancer some day is not.

Saying that you will increase sales 50% does not win you salesman of the year award, but actually hitting that number will.

Saying that you want peace on earth is noble, but not a Nobel worthy achievement! There is an extremely large distinction. 


  1. hey mike, your worthy of the noble asshole award.....for this award to kick in you must kiss rush limbaugh and glenn becks ass and be a fox news bush won the award after a full body of work right? oh no ..thats not right....he couldn't win the award ever....peace is not in yours or his vocabulary.....war not peace is your mantra

  2. I wasn't talking about George Bush. I was talking about Obama. Concentrate real hard and try and stya on topic. Tough I know.

  3. will have the same concentration as you if you pass the drugs mike