Jun 27, 2011

Peanuts' Lessons In Leadership

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.  You don't have to actually answer the questions.  Just read straight through and you'll get the point.

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 poeple who have own the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last six 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 and the 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.

Was that a bit easier?  So what's the lesson in this?  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 simply are the ones who care the most.

Are you on someone else's list?  If you are reading this, you are most likely on mine :o)


  1. Hey ken,
    I had this whole huge article written to say that it doesn't have to be a caring of you yourself personally to be someone you remember. It can be something or someone who has affected your life in some manner that you have never met, famous or infamous. But, the bottom line here is what was done that makes you remember certain folks. Why are they important in your mind?
    OK, Have I gone over the edge because it is 1:00 AM?
    Thanks for putting this up for me to read. Gave me something to think about for a while.
    My Regards,

  2. Hi Bucko, it's so great to be back!

    Very insightful. I got a perfect score on the second set :-)

    Wonderful post, as always. Will look forward for more.

  3. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the sentiment, Ken. For sure you can count yourself on my list!! (and Beth too!)

  4. Love that, and it just shows that, no matter how much we focus on wealth and status and celebrity, at the end of the day those things just don't matter.

  5. Schultz was one cool dude. He influenced more people than he thought.

  6. Peanuts is great ~ as was Schultz ~ I hope I was included in your list ~ not because I am rich but because I could be a true friend ~ Ally x

  7. I'm looking for the 'LIKE' button. This is good, and brings us back to reality.

    Thanks for the life check.
    jack & Sherry down in NC

  8. Fun post Ken. It's the connections that really make a difference in life. Everything else, though pretty at first, withers next to love, sage advice, wisdom, friendship, or praise. You know you two are on our list.

  9. Awww, Ken, that's a great post, I LOVE IT!!! It's SO TRUE!!!


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