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Meandering thoughts of a Bay Area college student… be prepared for some bipolar vocabulary

The Charles Schultz Philosophy

Who doesn’t know Charles Schultz? He’s the guy that writes the “Peanuts” comic strips. Anyways, this was a pretty amazing revelation to me. Me, aiming to be maybe a little famous in my field. I’m trying to cover all the bases of… life. While I’m still young of course. This gave me a startling realization that… I knew it the entire time, but I never consciously realized.


You don’t have to be able to answer the questions. Just read it 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 contest.

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 best 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. They are not 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 with this one.

1. List a few teachers who have aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through difficult times.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

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

5. Think of five people who you enjoy spending your 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.

Well it’s getting late, so I think I’ll blog more when I have time… perhaps tomorrow.


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