How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

The following quiz appeared on the Web and has been all over the world. Take a few minutes to answer the following questions and see how you do:

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 actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

The point: None of us remember the headlines of yesterday. These 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 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 three people who have taught you something worthwhile.

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

5. Think of three people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name a half a dozen heroes who stories have inspired you.



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.

© Liz Dennery Sanders 2011

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