Tuesday, May 31, 2005

10 Men I Admire - Part 1

Donald Trump

Yeah he's a bit of a tool but it's amazing what a self centered jackass with money can accomplish. With nothing but money and a serious driv eto succeed he has crafted a real estate empire that spans the states as well as a television show. You have to wonder if he was bullied as a kid and feels the need to be better than everyone else as a result. He may be a twit but you have to admire anone who has a solid grasp of what they want, although he really should put his hair on the list of things he needs to renovate.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Here is a man with beliefs so strong he could convince the world that it is flat and then throw it like a frisbee if he so chose. In his own words

"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. "

What else can you say? The man is an example to the whole world for what you can do when you believe in your cause and yourself.

Douglas Adams

With an imagination the size of a planet this man crafted a fictional universe that makes as much sense as our real one. Maybe he was on the right track?! Just in case, I'll have to be much nicer to mice in the future. If you've read the Hitchhiker's series and enjoyed it you should give his Dirk Gently books a crack. It'll give you a whole new take on navigation and the Norse gods.

Stephen Hawking

A great example of not letting life get in the way. Diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 it was figured he would die in a few years, but still went on strong. Instead of pining away he has focused his brain on the universe around us and has developed theories that make my able bodied brain ache. He takes the cosmos and the physics of the univers and can make it almost understandable to schlubs like me, now that;s talent. Face it folks, the guy held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, formerly held by Sir Isaac Newton. And I still have trouble getting the time on my VCR right!!

Terry Fox

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia he was diagnozed with cancer at the tender age of 18. The bone cancer claimed his leg in 1977 and while most people would decide their life was over after this kind of trauma, Terry took a look at the suffering of people with cancer around him, many of them kids, and decided things needed to change. He spent 18 months preparing by running over 5000 kilometers and set off on April 12th in 1980 at St. John's Newfoundland. People didn't really take note at the start and they had trouble getting attention at the start. He made it all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario befre the cancer that claimed his leg took his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at age 22. While he is gone, he has left a legacy bigger than the man who strated it. To this date the Marathon of Hope that he began continues each year (I only do 10K and I'm spent - the man was a machine) and so far has raised over $360 million dollars in over 60 countries to help fight cancer. Thanks his efforts, if he was diagnosed today he would not only have survived, but liekly would still have his leg too. If that doesn't impress you, nothing will.


Blogger Schotzy said...

What an impressive list. I have always everyone of those men on your list. It gives me chills everytime I read of them. S

7:52:00 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Yes, very impressive.

And I CANNOT STAND Donald Trump. He drives me insane.

8:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are great choices and I agree with you on all of them!

8:59:00 AM  
Blogger Cody said...

Donald Trumph..yes self absorbed...wicked comb over though. What I wouldn't give to walk buy and just gime em a little nuge...Oooooooooooh Naked Paris Hilton Sex next....yay! you know I watched her little video...not impressed what so ever....like watching a couple of sixteen year olds have a go...useless brats!

9:40:00 AM  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

I don't care for Donald Trump but the rest of the people you picked are all good.
Is Homer Simpson on your list. Should be..

9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Terry Fox - absolutely. Proof that one person can make a difference. THIS was a man that captured hearts and minds, Mr. Bush!

10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Hick said...

Very unique choices. I can't wait to see the rest of your list.

11:07:00 AM  
Blogger JODSTER said...

The Terry Fox one gave me goosebumps.

11:25:00 AM  
Blogger PusBoy said...

Trump does not deserve space on any list with the other men you mentioned, especially not at the top. Trump is a failure who has filed bankruptcy twice. The only successful thing he has ever done is his stupid reality show. Every other business he has has failed, and he has been forced to surrender control.

He's a self-promoting, self-important asshole who can apparently hypnotize investors.

1:04:00 PM  
Blogger Rainypete said...

Don't mistake admiration with adoration. Mr Trump may be and have done ll that you write of, but he still has more money and TV time than most of us do. Since most mere mortals covet these useless things I give him credit for making something of a terrible haircut and people skills that could make Mother Theresa pick up a rifle and head for a belltower.

2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

A brilliant list Rainypete. Like em all. I had never heard of Terry Fox .. but there is a lady doing the same sort of thing in a similar siutation raising alot of money in Yorkshire/UK for cancer relief http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/features/jane_tomlinson/jane.shtml
have a good day

5:48:00 PM  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

I think the most impressive thing about Donald Trump is that he is really not a very successful businessman but is able to convince the world that he is.

9:40:00 PM  
Blogger jon said...

excellent post!

11:54:00 PM  

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