There's No Such Thing As Business Ethics". I received it again over the past week from Jim Karger, a friend, mentor, and colleague who pens the blog "CrediblyConnect" (http://www.crediblyconnect.com/) .
In essence, the exercise goes like this, you don't have to write down the answers, just ponder them for about 30 seconds for each question.
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 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? Not really that easy, is it?
Now, answer this question(I want you to WRITE the answer to this question!):
Name three people who have had a positive influence on your entire LIFE? Depending on who is reading this, that is likely at LEAST an average of 40 years. The questions above only ask you to answer questions for the past 10 years at the most.
Much easier, right?
And the point is...we tend to not remember POPULAR people, but we DO remember those who made a difference in our lives because they cared.
Now, first action item. Take a look at your list of people who have made a difference in your life. I want you to choose one and tell them Thank You. Write them a note(not an email, a HAND WRITTEN note...oh, the pain!) and let them know that you appreciate that they made a difference in your life. It may be someone you haven't seen in 20 years. That's OK. If you are reading this, you have access to the internet. Ever hear of a site called 'Google'? Go find them. If they made a diference in your life, then take the effort to find their address. You will feel great that you did that and they will appreciate hearing from you. You never know. It may re-kindle an old friendship.
Finally, I want you to ponder one more question about this exercise: Who is going to write YOUR name on THEIR list? If you can't think of anyone immediately, then maybe you need to start making a difference in someone's life in a postive way....TODAY.