People think athletes are just about sports and ability. No way. An "athlete" in my opinion is somebody that stands out, no matter what it is they choose to do. I always tell kids the same thing -- it does not matter whether you are good at certain things or not.
Let your family and friends know you're thinking about their underachievements.
Have you ever sat down and played Minecraft with an 8 year old? It is astounding how fast they pick up new concepts and geometric construction techniques. There are some amazing things being built, and shared, just in that community alone.
Living with a know-it-all is annoying, to say the least. The unsolicited should'ves and would'ves are aggravating, frustrating and not even remotely helpful. But, as we all know, a person comes as a package and we have to appreciate the good and make the most of the bad.
My daughter's analysis of her meager trophy collection made me think. Should we encourage her more? Are the kids with more after-school activities better off? Even though I personally think trophies are cheesy, is there a correlation between awards and self-esteem?