As I go through life I try to learn about and meet people which I feel can add value to my life. I look to find strong characters that have quality traits that I can attempt to understand and weave into my own life. I have compiled a list of 8 people I respect the most in the world, both present and past.

1. Jesus

Everything I have learned about Jesus I believe has greatly influenced my life for the better. Of all people I have ever studied, nobody comes remotely close to having the courage, understanding, or love that Jesus had. He is a truly remarkable figure that built his life upon straight truth. Everything he did made sense and was fair. He was humble, he would listen, he would question, he would study, he would actively grow and better himself and others. He had no greed or envy. He loved others as much as himself, despite their prejudices or hate against him. He was able to forgive everyone and give them a second chance. Jesus never held a grudge on anyone, he never denied them of anything and he loved them with all his heart. I can not find a better role model for life than Jesus.

2. My Dad

I can't think of anyone I respect more in my life than my father. Of all the people I have researched and learned about, he is the only one who actively studies and seeks as much understanding of the world as possible. He has shared so many key paradigms with me throughout my journey in life that help me climb a little higher each day. Without a strong father figure such as mine, I would be nowhere close to where I am today, and that is something I will never forget.

3. George Washington

George Washington was a courageous leader that played a major role in building a country built on values and principles. He led his army through what looked to be impossible times and his whole life walked very closely with God. Washington was an active studier and some of his documents from when he was younger show his strong character. Washington was always looking to better himself and was always seeking God for advice on how to live and be a true person.

4. Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is all about pure persistence and NEVER giving up. This guy was a fighter and would DO until there was nothing left to do, and then he would DO a little more. A true innovator and thinker, Edison never lost hope of building something great and making things work. He was always able to find a way to keep his faith and try just a little harder to make things work. He was passionate about what he did and enjoyed every moment of life. Edison is a remarkable character who has brought many great inventions to our lives. Even more great than his inventions, however, are his principles and qualities that he has left with us to understand and grow from each and every day.

5. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was a true underdog that through his humble beginnings and perseverance overcame everything and became one of the greatest people this country, and world, has ever known. Lincoln was not born into the best family. He was not the smartest of children. He didn't even have a chance for an education in the beginning years of his life. Despite his hard circumstance, Lincoln was able to rise up and overcome the negatives that started his life. He actively worked on becoming better each day - and better he became. He was able to follow his intuition and understand how things such as slavery don't make sense, no matter what everyone else was doing. He could make fair and rational decisions despite preconceived conceptions held by others. Lincoln was able to start from his humble beginnings and rise up the ranks to becoming one of, if not the best, president this country has ever seen - a truly remarkable figure to both learn about and model one's life after.

6. Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a passionate, creative, hard-working man who would constantly push himself and others to truly be the best they could be. His work done throughout the years on various films show his ability to put together something from nothing. Walt Disney was the type of person that would never do anything for money. He was always looking to create quality and valuable pieces of work to better other people's lives, and that is precisely what he did. Walt had a clear vision of bringing together intelligent people and creating a lively environment for everybody to feed off each other in an extremely positive manner. Walt Disney's empire that he has created is a direct reflection of his influence on the world around him.

7. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes and people who has ever lived. The level of his athletic ability reflects his strong personal traits that have been mastered through his life. Michael Jordan is somebody who is extremely passionate and competitive with the game he plays. He knows what he was born to do, and he does it. Jordan is somebody who his able to take something that is a weakness to him, learn about it and then turn it into a strength. His love for the game has driven him to being arguably the greatest athlete to have ever lived.

The respect Michael Jordan also shows for his family is also something worth mentioning. Jordan absolutely loves and appreciates both of his parents, and that is something that everybody should escalate themselves to. It is sometimes hard to realize how important your family and parents are, but they are the most important people in your life.

8. Sergey Brin

This list would not be complete without mentioning one of the best people of all time: The Google Guy! Sergey Brin is the pinnacle of innovation, technology and information. What he has been able to create with Google is simply remarkable. The simple vision of marking information as easy to obtain as possible has taken Sergey Brin to operating one of the best businesses in the world. His passion for efficiency, simplicity and keeping people as happy as possible has built an empire of information for himself and others.

The strengths of his character scale out to the whole Google company. This company is able to break tons or preconceived business rules because they are built on quality and value - not making money. It is a fundamental difference and the results yield the best company to work for on the planet. They appreciate and take care of their employees so well and that is so important to creating an a place for people to contribute and grow from.

9. Warren Buffett

So I added one more, but Warren Buffett is a great person. The thing I like about him most is his simple lifestyle. Despite having tons of money and making a huge financial name for himself, he likes living his life just like he did when he was 20. He keeps it simple and humble and I think that is something everybody should strive for, rich or not.


I find it extremely important to sit back every now and again and really take in the enormous strides certain people have made throughout history. These people have all excelled to being the best they could be and pushing themselves to traveling where most men will never travel. It is simply amazing to see how such key figures can make such a large impact. Everyday I am thankful for having heroes to follow and learn from.

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: Nice

Really awesome list :) It was nice to see Edison mentioned because I think he is forgotten quite a bit by most people.


: Awesome

Very awesome list with inciteful commentary. Each individual on your list is very impressive.

The Crazy Australian: Interesting Order

I'm interested in the order of #1 (Dad) and #2 (Jesus).
Mainly because Jesus said "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; (Matthew 10:37, NIV)

I'm also curious: Do you see Jesus as an example or a saviour?

Also, this quote sprang to mind (not sure why, but hey). CS Lewis:
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to"

Quinton Figueroa: Maybe it would be better for
@The Crazy Australian (view comment)

Maybe it would be better for me to put Jesus as #1. I fully see him as our example AND savior, and for that reasons alone it really does make sense to put him as #1. I put my father as #1 because I respect him just as much as I do Jesus and he has helped me in many things with life. I know that he is definitely NOT Jesus and lacks many of the qualities Jesus has, but I respect him and everything he has done for me. Perhaps I should re-arrange the order between these 2 as this could be a bit rude to somebody who died a perfect life for me.

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