Participation at Its Finest
We had a first yesterday.
And, before I share the story, let me say I’m not a fan of participation awards…. at all! And that’s what makes this story even more classic.
My understanding of what went down yesterday was that Paxton was part of an online class where they’re required to sign in.
Every now and then an award is given to someone just for showing up and participating.
In this case it means signing in and paying attention.
Well, Paxton logged in and promptly left his computer on as though he was there and “participating”. Unbeknownst to anyone, he was off somewhere else learning about something different on his own.
(he’s not good at sitting still when he’s bored – which is why we’re going back to homeschooling on Tuesday).
At some point during the class it was announced that he won. Not sure what it was, but it was something worth winning. Yay! Well, kind of. He was logged in but unresponsive for some reason?
How could this be?
Shortly thereafter, we receive a text message stating that he “won” but wasn’t responding.
We thought “that’s odd”, so we went looking for him to inquire.
Surprised that we were looking for him he said “what did I miss?”
We shared his teacher’s text message and, with a snicker and a smile he said “aw, crap!” and ran back to his computer to ‘claim his prize.’
When he got there he saw that he had been timed out and had to log back in to which he promptly heard “Welcome back, Paxton!”
And then the question “did your parents share my text message with you?”
And that’s when I captured this picture.
Um, so yeah… to the best of my knowledge he’s the first Trautman to receive a participation award without even being there to participate!
Classic Paxton right there.
Signed, a peculiarly proud Paxton papa!
Share This Article
You are it. You’re the one that can make it happen. Not me. Not them. Not some stranger. Not us. You. A team of one.
“I don’t know if she understood, dad” says my daughter. “And, why do you do that to people?” I pondered this for only a few seconds before answering and then my answer was clear…
When most people think of branding, they think of colors and logos. Branding is the core essence of your existence. It’s what your brand represents. It’s what your brand conveys. It’s the imagination your brand ignites. It’s the experience and feelings and atmosphere. It’s the floors, tables, dust, and lighting. It’s the menu & word choices, the food, the speed, and the smile that comes with it. It’s the bathrooms and the soap and the garbage and the type of toilet paper. It’s the system that works to remind you that you’re there for a reason. It’s what gets you to talk about it over and over and over.
What would life look like if we had an internal check engine light that others could see? What does this mean and is it possible that we’re heading in this direction?