The Charles Schulz Philosophy

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 3, 2003

The following inspirational quiz is often called the Charles Schulz Philosophy or sometimes Charlie Brown’s Philosophy. It’s not actually written by him, although the quote at the bottom is from a peanuts cartoon. Enjoy the following quiz.
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.

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 the ones that care.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.
It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
-Charles Schulz

  1. Thank you for sharing this… It was very powerful..


  2. Reblogged this on forging4th and commented:
    When I read this it is very powerful indeed…. Reblogged from morningstoryanddilbert.


  3. I wonder if this is the same with blogging and in social media. Are the ones who make the difference to our lives the ones who go viral in the first 10 minutes of publication, have the most followers and multiple awards? Or are they the ones who faithfully follow our blogs, perhaps without saying a word, but showing a Like; and when they comment you sometimes have a conversation and you know that they care.
    All the Best, Julia


  4. I loved this so much. So much of my ministry to college students over the years has involved coaching them to be memorable in the second sense of the list: a person who cares…. but it’s hard in a world which pushes them to being memorable on the first list. Thanks.


  5. onemunchingmomma said:

    Reblogged this on 1munchingmomma and commented:
    A thought provoking quiz…and fun!


  6. Yoshiko said:

    In fact, I remember the teachers and those people who help me during my life and whom I enjoy spending my time.


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