The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts' comic strip.
You don't have to actually answer the questions. To ponder them is enough…
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers; they are the best in their fields. However, the applause dies, the awards tarnish, achievements are forgotten, accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier? The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, nor the most money... nor the most awards.
They are the ones you have a “real” connection with; it’s a feeling you can’t quite put words to, but you can’t quite forget either.