Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Philosophy of Charles Schultz

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name t he 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.
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 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 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 simply the ones that care the most.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia .."(Charles Schultz)

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International Buy Nothing Day

November 23rd (US) and November 24th (International) is Buy Nothing Day. So all you shopaholics - leave all cards and wallets at home that day! Good Luck.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Just Do It

Slapping on my Lime and Lemon body cream from The Body Shop this morning, my thoughts turned to the late Anita Roddick founder of The Body Shop. I started to think that not only was she a successful business woman, she must have been a pretty busy one as well. At the time of her death she must have had a full diary of appointments, people to meet, places she wanted to travel to, future plans, dreams and hopes. She must have thought, subconsciously, that she had at least another 20 or so years left to live and achieve. But as we now know, she didn’t.

And that is how it is with me and I am sure many of you as well. We have all these plans and visions and hopes for the future. We have business ideas swirling around in our heads that we plan to implement ‘one day’. We procrastinate, put off, and defer our dreams snug in the false belief that we have so many more years ahead of us. The truth of the matter is: we don’t. Not one of us knows how much longer we’ll be on this earth. Sure we all hope to live to a ripe old age but this may not happen. Our number may be up at any time. And if we know this why do we put off living the lives we really deep down inside, want to live? Why do we put off taking that step that will take us to the next level – whatever it may be?

This has been an A-ha moment for me and like Nike says I’m going to Just Do It.

You should too.

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