I his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill discusses the idea of creating a boardroom of imaginary counselors, the people, alive and dead, that would would most like to model our lives after, and gain insight and advice from. I’ve thought about this for years, and lately I’ve taken to studying some of the people I most admire. Here is the beginnings of my list. I’ll flesh it out more as I continue studying. Right now I’m reading a biography of Franklin, as well as many of his own works.
Benjamin Franklin, A master of industry and frugality. Quick wit, recognizing the power of the printed and spoken word, especially when used subtly. An extraordinary networker, that brought both people and nations together. He recognized the power of combining both civic duty and professional gain.
Albert Einstein Brilliant mind, non-conformist, an amazing mix of spirituality and science.
Thomas Jefferson Our only scientist president.
Richard Feynman Ever curious, always questioning, “What do you care what other people think?” Always funny.
Mahatma Ghandi, steadfastly standing up for what is right without violence
Dalai Lama The only person on this list I have had to opportunity to hear speak.
Napoleon, Perhaps one of the greatest leaders of men ever.
Other people that I have or intend to study that don’t quite make this list:
UPDATE 9 March 2012
Since I made this post, I have read books on/by Gandhi, Einstein, Ben Franklin, Feynman, Jimmy Buffet and I’m adding Theodore Roosevelt to the list, I’ve made it 2/3 of the way through his 3 part biography. Not only one of the most interesting people I’ve read about, but also one of the best written biographies I’ve ever read.