The Obvious

Starting up a new year! And like anything else, the better aim you have in the beginning, the better chance you have at hitting the target. So I took out my Life-Calendar and began reviewing what would be my most important investments this year.

One man said, “The obscure you will eventually see. It is the obvious we are blind to.”

Here is something that we are often blind to…

You often get the best advice from the most unlikely sources: children, critics, even Dr. Seuss has encouraged me. But today, it is Charles Shultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

I came across this recently that started me thinking about what’s most important. Answer these questions. Even if you don’t have the answers, just keep reading and you will 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 Miss America .
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last six Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

How did you do? If you’re like me, not very well!

The point is that we don’t remember well yesterday’s headliners. When the applause fades, so do the remembrances. The accolades and trophies are buried with their recipients.

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

Easier? Of course!

The point is this: The people who make the most difference in your life are not the ones with the most trophies, most money or most credentials. It’s the ones who care, the friends that are close and the family who loves you … even though they know the real you!

Before you can lead others, you must lead yourself well. Start there this year. Remember to invest in those closest to you. Aim well. Choose well. You will find that you will be able to see things most people cannot.

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