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Redefining Significance & Impact

lady-smacking-forehead2Every now and then we need someone to remind us of the obvious, and then it hits us like a brand-new revelation.

Kinda reminds me of the time I met with an executive and, upon realizing a mistake she’d made, she smacked herself on the head and said, “Duh! Should’ve had a V8.”  I think you and I could use a little forehead smacking right about now.

Earlier today I discovered the following text by an unknown author. The questions posed below were just the kick in the pants I needed to re-examine my motives and definitions of success and career significance.

And you know what? I’m breathing easier now. Because I realize the assumptions I’ve been operating on lately were just plain wrong and, frankly, sucking the life out of me.

I trust you will also benefit from the following exercise:

Take this short quiz — it will make you think!

  • Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  • Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  • Name the last three winners of American Idol.
  • Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  • Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  • Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do? The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-raters. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are forgotten and buried with their owners.

So here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one.

  • List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  • Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  • Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  • Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  • Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  • Name half a dozen heroes whose 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.

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4 Responses

  1. wow… dude…
    This is a great post! Thank you for the shift in perspective! It was much needed for me right now…

  2. I read something just today that said that the world despises insignificance and asked are we willing to be insignificant in the world if it meant being near to Him.

    NIce Post. Appreciate you putting things in proper perspective here.

  3. Andrea,

    I’m glad God led you to read annameadows.com. Thanks for commenting.

    How do you spend most of your time? Where are you from?

  4. @Dave & @Anna – thanks for your comments! I truly appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to write. (Oh, and I’ve enjoyed your blogs too!)

    @Anna – I’m from Indianapolis and work as a writer/communications mgr for a local ministry.

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