Who Will You Remember? Who Will You Bring Up? What Difference Will You Make?

by Hank Coleman

Philip over at Weakonomics recently brought up a great point that we do not normally consider as we live our busy lives.  Philip called it the Charles Schulz philosophy.  I love Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang and just had to share this idea with you all.  Schulz’s philosophy was so incredibly simple, and it starts by asking you to take a little quiz.

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 people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

Are you glad that this wasn’t a test that you had in school?  Me too!  I did horrible trying to name some of those famous people.  Now the real quiz…

1. List a few teachers that made a difference in 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.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

My boss recently had a meeting with all his middle managers and turned our perception of success upside down.  He told us not to view how successful our careers are by how far we rise up the corporate ladder.  He said that we should instead view our success based on how many of our subordinates that we bring up along the ladder with us.

After your last promotion, did you fight to bring your top earner with you to your next team or assignment?  Kind of makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?

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