Posted by: Anne | September 13, 2007

making a difference

Something to think about:

  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 contest.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor or Actress.
  6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.

How did you do? The point is, few of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They’re the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now 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.
  6. Name a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier? The lesson: the people who make a difference in your life aren’t the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They’re the ones who care.

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