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On Tradition and Accomplishments…

I have often though that certain traditions can be a destructive force to productivity. The engineer in me cringes whenever I hear the phrase “Well…that’s they way we’ve always done it…”; blindly following the traditional way of doing things, without questioning why, should always raise a red flag.

Something happened to me recently that caused me to reflect on this; I encountered a tradition that I believe actually enhances productivity, and I wanted to share this with you.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that I was silent  most of Sunday and all of Monday.  My eldest daughter was recently accepted to the University of Georgia, and she was invited to their “Out and About” open house. For the open house, Samantha shadowed a student as the student attended her classes for that day while my wife, youngest daughter, and I went on a tour of the campus.

It was a nice day, a little cold, but the sun and the walk kept us from freezing. Our tour guide was a  very entertaining senior named “Barrett”. After walking  a little on our tour, we stopped in front of the school’s Chapel. Barrett explained a little about the history of the Chapel, and then he took us around to the back of the building;  there we found the Bell Tower. As you can see from the presentation in the link, the Bell Tower is huge; the 173 year old bell weighs over 800 pounds. The bell has a long rope that (though you can’t really see it in the presentation)  extends all the way to the ground. Usually, when Georgia wins a major sporting event,  students flock to ring the bell in celebration.

Here is the really cool part…anyone can ring the bell at any time to celebrate any major achievement or accomplishment; get an “A” on that really hard paper on “The Use of Metaphor in Hamlet”, ring the bell; ace your Chemistry Final, ring the bell; overcome your shyness and ask that cute girl out, ring the bell (and then tell her why, that should put a smile on her face).  Barrett said that he lived close to campus, and he can hear the bell being rung periodically at all hours of the night.  How amazing is that! Of course, you can run out of your dorm and scream at the top of your lungs “I DID IT!”, but this, to me, is a fantastic tradition that promotes achievement. I actually found myself thinking that in the near future,  I would have accomplished something so “Bell Worthy” that when I visit my daughter, I will run to the tower and ring the bell myself.

So now I ask you…What would it take to make you “Ring the Bell”?  What way will you celebrate your major accomplishment? What tradition(s) will you start or do you follow that enhances your productivity and promotes achievement? Let me know…



One Response to “On Tradition and Accomplishments…”

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    Isn’t amazing how the smallest thing leaves an impression on us. Actually inspire us to write about it… I love this Pierpaolo, it’s a wonderful story. Inspiration is an odd thing you know, some of us need to discuss them with others while some of us just create words that inspire us, and then others never discuss them in fear that they will be shunned. It’s apparent your family inspires you and that is a wonderful accomplishment in itself. When I first read this post it reminded me of the “Fiddler on the Roof”. Did you ever see it? Tradition, tradition, always something inspirational about tradition. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

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