I wanted to share this today because it makes such a profound point.
I think that sometimes, in regard to our business (or starting a business) that we don’t think we’re successful (or can be as successful as others such as figure heads in our industry or niches) … if we don’t have some kind of recognition, title, status, award, degree, are the ‘best of’, seal of approval, lots of abbreviated letters after our name, etc…
A lot of times we let that stop us dead in our tracks, slow us down…. or worse yet, keep us from even starting at all!
(btw… true story: One of my clients, when I first started working with her several years ago, told me that she didn’t feel that she could compete with others in her field because they all had higher degrees of education and lots of letters after their name. I convinced her that worrying about that was pointless… that she was amazing and extraordinary and that is what would shine through in the end. Do you know that this same woman today is now a best selling author.. and ‘those people’ she was referring to aren’t!)
Take a moment to read “The Charles Shulz Philosophy” below and I think you’ll have beautiful shift in your perception. (If I knew who the author of this I would certainly give them credit…if you know, let me know!)
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 ponder on them.
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 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.
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..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
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.
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 ……
From Darcy: Here is something else to ponder… it’s one of my favorite quotes:
“To the world you may just be one person, but to one person you may just be the world.”
Now go out there and just be yourself…be the one who cares the most… you never know who’s life you may touch, change or catapult. Wouldn’t you leave this planet a happy person knowing that you were THE difference for even one person? Wouldn’t that make you feel successful?