This little quiz may change your answer.
The following quiz appeared on the web a few years ago and has now been all over the world. See how you do:
• Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
• Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
• Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
• Name 10 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.
Here’s the point: These are not second-rate achievers — they are among the very best in their fields. But virtually none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. The applause dies. The awards tarnish. Achievements are soon lost in the haze of yesterdays. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Now see how you do with this second quiz:
• List three teachers who aided your journey through school.
• Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time.
• Name three mentors or bosses who have taught you something worthwhile.
• Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and valued.
• Think of three people you enjoy spending time with.
• Name a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Wasn’t that a lot easier?
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.
An excerpt from the best-selling “5” book, by Dan Zadra. Click here to see or buy a copy of “5”.