It’s awards season in the music and film industries. And indeed It’s always nice to receive an award.

But some mean more than others

Because sometimes the winners of awards pay for them, directly or indirectly.

Sometimes they win them because they can convince the most people to go online and vote for them.

And these awards should be taken for what they are.

But sometimes the winners of awards win them because they deserve to win them. They have produced something or they are themselves better at doing something than anything or anyone else out there.

But if you are, you know this already because your customers return. Or because you are getting hired for better gigs. Or because you get consistently good feedback.

And an award may be the icing on the cake. If it’s a meaningful one. But it shouldn’t trump the day-to-day satisfaction of doing our job well.