Applause dies; awards tarnish, but influence lives on
You know how the internet is. When something goes viral the whole world has seen it so this may be one of those things. If so, please pamper me as this is the first time it’s came my way. I received these questions from a friend (real friend – one I actually know very well), who lives in Sydney, Australia. After reading this, I thought it was appropriate to pass it along … as food for thought.
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. Think about the six questions below and see if you can answer them.
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.
Well, how did you do? The point is, very few of us remember the headliners of yesterday. Even though these are all the best in their fields, the applause dies; awards tarnish; and achievements are forgotten.
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. Thing of a three things your parents did to make you a better person.
Those are much easier to answer, aren’t they? The lesson is this: 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.
How we live our lives really does count. How we influence people is never forgotten. You may think it has been. Maybe no one calls you up and tells you how great you are, but in the refines of a person’s mind you’re never forgotten. Out of nowhere, a thought pops up of someone who’s influenced you. You’re remembered. What you did is remembered.
Take just a few seconds to reflect on today. How have you influenced those who crossed your path today? How did you influence your family? When we’re placed in the grave, we will be remember only by those we’ve influenced.
Over time, the rest of the people will forget us.
The ones who make the most difference in your life will not be the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. It will be the ones who care the most. Challenge: Will you be the person who’s remembered? Think influence, not position.