Last night was proud Dad time, when my little boy Jack, graduated from his Pre-school….or as Jacka likes to call it, his ‘Gradu-ration’!

It was actually the cutest thing I’ve ever been to!

After walking up to individually receive their Graduation certificate, they then went on to sing this song ‘The future looks good to me‘, which was incredibly adorable.

Cue hat’s being thrown in the air, big smiles, parents mingling eating party pies and plenty of soft drink for the kids….. Eeek!!

After a massive sugar rush, we finally managed to get Jack to leave his friends and got home around 8:30pm. Jack was proud as punch and so too was Mum and Dad.

I don’t know if you were different to me, but I certainly can’t remember graduating from Pre-School? It’s a bit much, but to be honest I loved every single minute of it.

You could not wipe the smile off my face! 

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I never could have imagined that I could love someone as much as I do my son, but parenting changes you right?

I am curious though, what do you think about this? Do you think it’s a good idea to have events like this for young kids or do you think they should be saved for bigger events in life, like high school graduation or university graduation?

Do you think that the more of these events we do, it just dilutes the occasion when major events occur or do you think we should be doing more to recognise efforts, no matter how big or small?

For me personally, I loved this graduation night and I think that this is a major event in my son’s life and it’s a major achievement in his eyes,  so it should stay!

What I’m not overly a fan of though is participation awards. I know this may divide my audience, but I just don’t agree with rewarding people for showing up.

Without healthy competition to be the best, I just don’t think it compels people to want to be faster, smarter, stronger. It doesn’t push society forward towards better innovation and efficiencies.

When you reward everybody the same way, no matter how much effort they put in, it kind of builds a culture of complacency and apathy.

As most of you know, in business you will never be given a participation award and it’s comes down to your ability to motivate yourself to always be at the top of your game.

If you don’t constantly look to be the best at what you do, then you will always risk losing what you have. This is the reality of business and why I am sceptical when it comes to participation awards or recognising efforts for just showing up.

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I’ve had another awesome week and I hope you have too.

Take care this weekend and don’t forget to take some time to work on yourself. Even an hour or two reading a new book or watching an inspirational video, can get set off a chain of events that leads to massive success! 

Keep being awesome!

Billy.

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