In my view and orbit, you don’t get a trophy for participating. Well, not just for participating. There’s participation that entails satisficing (doing the bare minimum) and then there’s participation where you really give it your all. The latter gets recognition. The problem is many people just want to satisfice and there’s no shame around it. I’m not for shaming people. But I am for holding people accountable. Also, sadly, I not only hold people accountable, but I also have high expectations.
Yes, I know holding high expectations on a continuous basis can lead to feelings of grand disappointment. I suppose I am cursed that way.