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Who are the real stars?

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. February 16, 2011

At a recent workshop on health and wellness I attended, the instructor conducted a powerful exercise. It went something like this: Take a moment and write down the names of last year's Super Bowl winner, winner of best actor at the Academy Awards, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the wealthiest person in America. If you're like me, you can maybe remember one or two of these individuals.

Here's the rest of the exercise. Write down the names of your favorite teacher, your favorite coach and the most significant person in your life. Chances are you have no problem remembering these individuals. Why? Because they made an impact on your life. They directly influenced you. They encouraged you to be better than you thought you could be.

The lesson is clear. You will be remembered because of the people you help rather than the accomplishments you achieve or the things you accumulate.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Feb. 16, 2011