The People Who Really Matter

February 20, 2012

In 1947, a shy 25-year-old guy named Charles Schulz from Minnesota began doodling little comics of dogs and people. He had no idea he had just created what would become one of the most popular comic strips of all time, “Peanuts”.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, & the rest of the "Peanuts" Gang

He once shared a powerful philosophy on life that has inspired many people. It is both simple and profound, and I’d like to share it with you today. It is the following two series of questions:

  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?

Charles Schulz & his famous creation "Snoopy"

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 the second 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 are simply the ones who care the most.

Who has made a difference in YOUR life? I would love for you to comment and tell me about them!