Not Perfect – Still Valued

A few fun facts about A Charlie Brown Christmas courtesy of…

  • CBS didn’t like it.
  • The ad agency handling the sponsorship of the show didn’t like it.
  • Even Charles Shulz was embarrassed by some of the program’s technical shortcomings, including continuity issues.  “I thought it was a disaster because the drawing was so poor.”

In short, A Charlie Brown Christmas was a flawed and underfunded TV special that could have easily been left to collect dust on the shelves of pop culture history.

And yet…

And yet this underdog of a special won a 50 share — fully half of the population watched when it originally aired — and went on to become a beloved classic. Why? Here’s one reason…

Being perfect is not a prerequisite to being valued.

It’s true of little Christmas trees.

It’s true of animated specials about little Christmas trees.

And it’s true of people.

– Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter writes about decoding success, creative leadership, marketing, and productivity.

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