100 men I admire

  1. Steve Pavlina
  2. Seth Godin
  3. Leo Babauta
  4. Tom Hanks
  5. Tobey Maguire
  6. Mel Gibson
  7. C. S. Lewis
  8. Chris Guillebeau
  9. Tim Ferriss
  10. Gary Vaynerchuk
  11. Billy Graham
  12. Mark Twain
  13. Michael Jordan
  14. David Hume
  15. Niccolo Machiavelli
  16. Joshua Harris
  17. Andrew Murray
  18. Samuel Morris
  19. George Muller
  20. Charles Spurgeon
  21. Jim Elliot
  22. Jimmy Wales
  23. Scott Harrison
  24. Matt Damon
  25. Michael Hyatt
  26. Charlemagne
  27. Adolf Hitler
  28. Osama bin Laden
  29. Jimmy Fallon
  30. Gayle Erwin
  31. King David
  32. The apostle Paul
  33. Job
  34. Leonardo Di Vinci
  35. Michelangelo
  36. Blaise Pascal
  37. Galileo
  38. John Adams
  39. Scott Adams
  40. Andrew Warner
  41. Steve Martin
  42. Mike Portnoy
  43. Vinnie Colaiuta
  44. Ramit Sethi
  45. Tom Peters
  46. Eddie Van Halen
  47. Larry Carlton
  48. Noah Webster
  49. Darren Rowse
  50. Elie Wiesel
  51. Nick Vujicic
  52. Fred Rogers
  53. G. A. Henty
  54. Anthony Robbins
  55. E. B. White
  56. Richard J. Maybury
  57. John Gray
  58. Robert E. Lee
  59. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  60. Pete Maravich
  61. Lance Armstrong
  62. Peter Marshall
  63. Oswald Chambers
  64. Chuck Smith
  65. Greg Laurie
  66. Hudson Taylor
  67. David Livingstone
  68. Toby McKeehan
  69. K. P. Yohannan
  70. Emerson Eggerichs
  71. Richard Wurmbrand
  72. David Blaine
  73. Adam Smith
  74. Milton Friedman
  75. Jeff Bezos
  76. Jason Fried
  77. William Penn
  78. John D. Rockefeller
  79. Joseph W. Kittinger
  80. Cobus Potgieter
  81. M. C. Escher
  82. John Grisham
  83. Martin Luther
  84. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  85. Francis Schaeffer
  86. Anthony Flew
  87. Albert Einstein
  88. Alvin Plantinga
  89. Friedrich Nietzsche
  90. Plato
  91. Aristotle
  92. Alexander the Great
  93. Salman Khan
  94. Paul Graham
  95. Simon Sinek
  96. Isaiah Thomas
  97. Johann Sebastian Bach
  98. Ted Dekker
  99. Yaro Starak
  100. Chris Thile
This started as “The PK Paradox” because I noticed this first with pastors. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it applies in almost any situation where I have “insider” information: musicians, social media experts, students, professors, and so on. The paradox goes like this: <blockquote>As your understanding of a particular field increases, your appreciation for “experts” in that field both increases <em>and</em> decreases.</blockquote> Here’s how it works: <ul> <li>The more you know about a given field, the more you realize the hard work, dedication, and in some cases natural skill of the real experts in that field.</li> <li>At the same time, though, the more you know about a given field, the more you can recognize the fakes, wannabes, and posers in that field.</li> </ul> Before you’re an insider, you don’t know enough to realize the talent or recognize the importers. As an insider, you have that knowledge. That’s how, as an insider, your respect for the field as a whole can increases and decreases at the same time.

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