Below are some of my heroes.
"The sight of an achievement is the greatest gift that a human being could offer to others."
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Rand - She wrote the most intellectually
challenging novel of the centuryAtlas Shruggedand
created a new, fully consistent, rational philosophyObjectivism.
Her novels inspire me and her philosophy has changed my
life. Perhaps they will do the same for you.
Check out the Ayn Rand Institute
Jordan - He is the consummate basketball
player, but also so much more. He brings class and
excitement to the game. He provides a great example on
and off the court for adults and kids alike. And he loves
a challengeso much so that when basketball was no
longer a challenge, he retired and took up baseball in
the minor leagues. I respect him most because he chases
his dreams and gives everything he has to achieve them.
Check out Yahoo!'s Michael Jordan Category
|Bill Gates - Perhaps the most productive individual on the planet. He built Microsoft from nothing and turned it into one of the most successful companies ever with his brilliance, vision and commitment to excellence. Unfortunately, he is also one of the most envied and persecuted individuals on the planetprecisely because of his success.|
Hakkinen - The 1998 & '99 Formula 1 Champion. When I
started watching Formula 1 in 1994, I liked Mika because
of his great attitude and his keen sense of humor. He
persevered through a life-threatening crash, blown
engines while leading the race, and a car described by
his teammate as "like a truck" to go on and win
the championship four years later. Well done Mika.
Check out Mika's McLaren Mercedes Team
Honda - He founded the Honda motor company, the
maker of the world's best motorcycles. Honda motorcycles
are expertly engineered for real people to be ridden on
real roadsand still be a blast! Mr. Honda once said,
"Success is 99 percent failure"wise words
from a wise man.
Check out these Honda motorcycles
Lewis Little - He is a physicist who has created
a revolutionary theory which takes the weirdness and
irrationality out of physics. I believe the theory will
revitalize physics research and bring some much needed
objectivity to the field.
Check out Lewis Little's Homepage
Stuart Schreiber - As an organic chemist, he has
completed some brilliant syntheses of complicated
molecules. I like his work mostly for its creativity. I
also admire his goal of using organic chemistry as a tool
to learn more about human diseases.
Check out Scheiber's Homepage
Samuel Danishefsky - Currently one of the top
synthetic chemists in the field, his syntheses of complex
molecules are excellent examples of what is possible. I
especially like reading his papers because he explains
his rationale for various decisions and because he often
has one or more daring steps in his plan which add
excitement to an all too often routine and methodical
Check out Danishefsky's Homepage
- He was one of the most intellectually honest men of all
timeand he was sentenced to death for it. I greatly
admire his honesty and integrity.
Check out The Last Days of Socrates
Want to Read about Heroism?
|Andrew Bernstein has written an excellent essay entitled The Philosophical Foundations of Heroism.|
|Prodos, a radio talk-show host in Australia, interviewed Andrew Berstein about heroism. Read the Interview Transcript.|
|Andrew Bernstein has also written an op-ed against volunteerism. Read What Young People Really Need: Not Volunteerism but Happiness and Heroes.|
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