The power of email. It brings me wonders like these deep thoughts.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners
3. Name the last five winners of Miss America
4. Name 10 people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Price
5. Name half dozen Academy Award winners
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headlines of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their
fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are
forgotten, and records broken. Accolades and cerficates are buried
with their owners. Here’s another quiz. See how you do.
1. List a few teachers who have 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
5. 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 WHO CARE.
Sadly, these sets of questions suffer from a minor level of specificity mismatch. Translating the second set of questions into the level used in the first set, the questions would more like “name the five teachers in the world who have meant the most to their students” or “name the five most worthwhile things taught over the last decade.” Those are a just tiny bit tougher.
Or we could port the other way “Name a few actors whose performance you’ve liked” or “Name all the Heisman trophy winners you’ve played touch football with.” Those are just a tad easier, wouldn’t you say?
Geez, I guess it wasn’t so profound after all.