Let Someone Know That They Made A Difference


Let Someone Know That They Made A Difference

Here’s something to think about:

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the  questions. You’ll soon get the point.

Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

Name the last six Academy Award winners for best actor or actress.

Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

Name the last five World Cup Winners.

Name the last five Stanley Cup Winners.


How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers 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 some more things to think about. See how well you do on this quiz!

List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

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 the ones that care.

If you’d like, pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.

OR, better still, let your students do this exercise.

(My students students were so frustrated with the first part, BUT got the second part!)

Even better, make a difference yourself!


Until next time,

Talk to each other, support each other, take care of each other.



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