I also received a Blue Peter badge when I was a similar age and I can still remember feeling that it was a mark of true recognition (along with the Cycling Proficiency badge) which I happily showed off to my friends.
My wife managed to top both of us, because she proudly boasts a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I got a letter from Valerie Singleton, but she got one from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. We’re hardly competitive at all in our family...
In today's world of Facebook and Social Media, recognition is all too easy to dish out. With the click of a mouse we can tell people that we like photos of their new puppy, we like photos of their dinner, we like their witty remarks, we like their rants at politicians – we like everything and anything.
Brands adore Likes. It’s the new measurement of how loved they are; advertising agencies dream up ways to attract Likes for their clients – they even run competitions in exchange for Likes. The world wants to be liked.
Putting the psychology of wanting to be liked to one side for a moment, whether you are a brand looking to increase sales or an individual building a career, recognition from our peers is becoming increasingly important, because if you are online in any way, shape or form, you are more visible than ever.
People, customers, prospects, future employers get to see you in more detail than ever before. They see how you conduct yourself, they get a sense of your expertise and they get a strong feel for your personality. Like has become the currency of reputation.
How likable are you online?