The Ones Who Make a Difference

I saw this recently and thought it made a good point. It’s from Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz.

***Note: This quote has been attributed to Charles Schultz. It apparently was not from Schultz after all. Whoever said it, thank you for provoking thought on the topic!***

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read the post straight through, and you’ll get the point.

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.

But the applause dies .. 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.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money … or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

~  Unknown


2 thoughts on “The Ones Who Make a Difference

  1. Kris says:

    WOW…couldn’t think of any from the 1st section, but certainly could in 2nd set of questions.
    They are the ones that matter. Simple but yet so true. Enjoyed it.

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