Would You Rather #46: Be an Olympics Gold Medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize Winner? 


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This year’s Olympics competition recently ended where new talents were unveiled and the old and consistent ones hailed. By their performance at Rio, some athletes have had their statuses changed from ordinary people into role models and somewhat celebrities. For some, this status upgrade will be a stepping stone into reaching greater heights; and for others, it will only be fleeting moment of fame to be remembered fondly.

Among many of the names which were celebrated internationally was that of the amazingly talented Simone Biles. Spectators couldn’t get enough of her. After winning her first couple of gold medals, her story began to break the internet. Her uneasy past made her more admirable and an icon of hope for everyone who has a dream and yet going through a hard time. At the end of the games, she came out as a multiple winner and an inspiring character for this generation. It was a win-win.

The Nobel Peace Prize is also another coveted honor to be bestowed with. It is one of the Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel along with prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine and LiteratureWikipedia (a little education is called for, don’t  you think?) 

Unlike the Olympics which is widely known and appreciated across age groups and varying educational levels, the Nobel Peace Prize is appreciated more by the elites of the society. Although this prize has been awarded 96 times to 129 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2015, I wonder how many of us know even ten of them. I’ll be honest, I didn’t till I googled it a few minutes ago. 

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The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions in peace; to those who have done their best to uphold and promote peace. It is very noble thing to be acknowledged for. Without peace in our society, no one is safe and no progress is assured. 

Being acknowledged with a gold medal at the Olympics games and honored to be a Nobel Prize Laureate are both respectable but they would appeal to people differently depending on what they are exposed to and what they deem more significant. And as such, each choice should be respected.

As much as I admire the Michael Phelps, the Simone Biles and the Usain Bolts of the Olympics and their successes prove that hard work, passion and persistence pays off, I am not the athletic kind so dreaming of it would be a waste of time. On the other hand, to be honored as a Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace or Literature doesn’t sound like a bad idea, right? I know, we are all born different so we would be attracted to different things. That’s the beauty of variety.

Although the winning Nobel Peace Prize may not sound that popular as compared to winning the Olympics gold medal which usually comes with fascinating endorsement deals, I think the former would suit me more than the latter. But if you need someone to cheer you on to win the next gold medal, I’m your girl! 👏

What about you, which prize appeals more to you and why? Let me know what you think. I always love to read your thoughts.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Ganzymalgwi says:

    I will rather win a noble price too.
    Even thou Olympic success is known and celebrated by more. Noble price add value.

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  2. K. Bellamy with a Purpose says:

    The Nobel Peace for the Nobel Characters. Don’t get me wrong I love sports and hats off to the medalist of the 2016 Olympics, but keeping peace is something the world is always in dire need of. Peace promotes Unity.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it does. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bellamy and have a great week!

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  3. zwanjay says:

    I would choose any other Nobel prize over the Olympic medal, except for the Peace Prize. Without getting political, I say this only because peace is subjective — the Olympic medal is a prize you actually had to compete and beat out others for. The peace prize is based on people’s opinion of you based on works they felt were worthy of acknowledging.

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    1. If I won the Nobel Peace Prize based off of opinions of others I think I would feel proud. While it is subjective, doing “quiet” good (not as recognized or celebrated as an Olympic Athlete for example) for the greater good of humanity is what I am called to do as a Christian…”be a light.” To have my efforts recognized in this manner would not be the goal but would be encouragement that my efforts are making a difference and to continue serving.

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      1. zwanjay says:

        Well said, and I agree with you — I would do good because it’s my purpose and I would not seek recognition for that. Therefore, being acknowledged for “peace” wouldn’t be as important to me. Furthermore, I would question the people selecting me and their motives for selecting me. The world isn’t a very peaceful place so I don’t know how proud I’d feel about receiving the award. At least with the medal I know the award is finite — I did absolutely everything I needed to do to earn it.

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      2. joseyphina says:

        Another valid point made! But I doubt anyone who promotes peace does it because he/she wants to be recognized for his/her efforts. It is just a bonus. My thoughts though.

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      3. I agree with this perspective as well. Good points.

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      4. joseyphina says:

        Interesting….yeah,it is a matter of pride to be considered as a person of peace by others. And yes, we are called to be a light to the world as Christians. Thanks for the reminder ☺

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    2. joseyphina says:

      Hmmm… You make a valid point about the basis of winning the peace prize. Thanks for sharing that, Zwanjay. 👍

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  4. As I said above, a Nobel Prize (any of them) would appeal to my nature better. I do not like being overly recognized or celebrated.

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  5. Being an Olympic gold medalist is great. But I would fancy more being a Nobel laureate. My country has only one Nobel laureate (Africa’s first) and a couple of Olympic medalists. Hat off to all of them.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Nice! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Victor and have a great week ☺

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  6. There is dignity in labor and both takes some sort of labor but for me, Nobel award is a better option

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Grisele ☺

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  7. Nobel Prize please…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Great! Thanks for joining in with your thoughts, Deb👍

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  8. Great Question Joseyphina. It depends on what field you are in. If my expertise was in sports I would seek to attain an Olympics medal, Gold would be my goal. However if I was into social justice, promoting peace I would dream of and desire to win the Nobel Peace Price.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Deborah ☺

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  9. Ufuomaee says:

    I’m with you dear. The Nobel prize suits me better as a writer.

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  10. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL BABY!!!!!!!!
    though I’m not saying the Nobel Prize is a lower goal- and I love writing! But winning an Olympics medal? Count me in 😄

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Nice nice! Thanks for joining in!

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  11. AtimMercy says:

    Well, I’m a strong advocate for peace and I guess it would mean alot to win a noble prize but since I have to choose, give me that Olympic Medal…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Gold medal it is! 👍

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  12. Its all about interest and my interest basically is humanitarian so Nobel peace prize is my aim. But none is achieved without hard work

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mojisola ☺

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  13. Eva says:

    Nobel peace prize. It would appeal to my personality better. I derive joy serving and fufillment giving my life for something that would affect humanity.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Noble of you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts ☺

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  14. Hey just found your blog! I believe both paths are a huge honor – equally. This is bc these people, Olympians & Nobel peace prize winners, have both dedicated their entire lives to something theyre passionate about. To me, that is an honorable way of life :)) great question!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      You’re very right, they both show passion and dedication. Thanks for sharing your insight to this conversation ☺

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      1. Thx, it was fun to think about :))

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