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Make a Difference

on January 8, 2013

charlie brown

Here’s a quiz for you:

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.

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.

Easier?

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 the ones that care.

Charles Schultz provides us with a wonderful example of what really matters in life. It doesn’t matter what titles you earn, what medals, you have hanging around your neck, or what “average’ is. All of the pieces of paper saying you are the best will fade in time. What matters is that you make a difference in the life of another person. Answering that second set of questions is proof that you have made a difference and that others have made a difference in your life.

Take a hint from these people. Learn how to be a difference-maker, a game changer. Find a way to show someone else the way. Be the light they may so desperately need. Be memorable. Make a difference.

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2 responses to “Make a Difference

  1. scc264 says:

    What a fantastic post. I sure needed this today!

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