Author Seth Godin differentiates between heroes and mentors, saying:

"Mentors provide bespoke guidance. They take a personal interest in you. It's customized, rare and expensive.

Heroes live their lives in public, broadcasting their model to anyone who cares to look."

Here is my shining Hall of Heroes

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Richard Feynman

Astrophysics

Why?Anything can be deconstructed and learnt, and then taught. Foundations and fundamentals are key

Bodies of Work I Like - Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

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Neri Oxman

Architecture & Design

Why?Future landscapes can be grown, and don't have to be assembled. Combining Science, Engineering, Design & Art

Bodies of Work I Like - Material Ecology

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Bill Watterson

Philosophy

Why?Think like a child. Curiosity is the most valuable resource in the world.

Bodies of Work I Like - Calvin & Hobbes

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics

Why?Science is sexy, and vital to understanding everything

Bodies of Work I Like - StarTalk Radio

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J.K. Rowling

Storytelling

Why?Our minds are magical places and have no limit on creation

Bodies of Work I Like - Harry Potter

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Anton Gaudi

Architecture & Design

Why?Mother Nature is the source of Divine art and structure; Biomimicry

Bodies of Work I Like - Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

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Paul Graham

Technology & The Future

Why? - Deconstructing the exciting world of startups and company building

Bodies of Work I Like - Hackers & Painters; www.paulgraham.com/essays 

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Leadership & Strategy

Why? - Legendary love for science, teaching and his nation, all while staying true to his values and principles

Bodies of Work I Like - Ignited Minds

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Ayn Rand

Philosophy & Storytelling

Why?Objectivism and Libertarianism; Capitalism should be cherished

Bodies of Work I Like - Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged

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Alain de Botton

Philosophy

Why?Realist approach to getting comfortable with and coping with Life's banalities

Bodies of Work I Like - School of Life; Book of Life; How Montaigne Can Save Your Life

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Anthony Bourdain

Storytelling

Why?The story of cultures through their food.

Bodies of Work I Like - Parts Unknown; No Reservations

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Masayoshi Son

Technology & The Future

Why?The audacity to have a boyhood dream, and have a 300-year vision gameplan, the infinite game

Bodies of Work I Like - Softbank; Cluster of No. 1 Strategy. Fund of Funds Vision Fund

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Tim Urban

Storytelling

Why?Everything should be questioned; In depth long-form is sexy

Bodies of Work I Like - Wait But Why. Esepcially the Musk series and Reasoning from First Principles

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Aswath Damodaran

Investing & Venture Capital

Why?Anything can be Valued

Bodies of Work I Like - The Little Book of Valuation; Corporate Finance class; Valuation class

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Charles Duhigg

Personal Development

Why?Keystone habits. Cue -> Routine -> Reward : Craving

Bodies of Work I Like - Power of Habit

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Walt Disney

Storytelling

Why?What you can imagine, you can create; Ability to go against all odds, and bet it all, to build a timeless Happiness delivering empire

Bodies of Work I Like - The Walt Disney Company

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Naval Ravikant

Technology & The Future

Why?Philosopher Angel Approach to Business & Life; Life as a Single Player Game

Bodies of Work I Like - AngelList; How To Get Rich - tweetstorm

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Shekhar Gupta

Storytelling

Why?For decluterring complex stories in a world of noise via unbiased storytelling, with facts

Bodies of Work I Like - The Print - Cut The Clutter; Walk The Talk

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James Burke

Technology & The Future

Why?Everything in the World is connected and the evolution  of inventions is fascinating

Bodies of Work I Like - Connections  TV Series 1, 2, 3

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Charlie Munger

Investing & Philosophy

Why? - Being the ultimate investor and capital allocator

Bodies of Work I Like - Berkshire Hathaway; Poor Charlie's Almanack; The Psychology of Human Misjudgment

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Shane Parrish

Community Building

Why? - Building a community of pure knowledge and wisdom

Bodies of Work I Like - The Knowledge Project Podcast; Farnam Street

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Ray Dalio

Philosophy

Why?Principles are vital. Life needs feedback loops. Radical transparency and radical honesty

Bodies of Work I Like - Principles; Bridgewater Capital

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Michael Pollan

Storytelling

Why? - Identifying the value of taking our foods and minds seriously

Bodies of Work I Like - How To Change Your Mind

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Joe Rogan

Storytelling

Why?Insatiable curiosity and urge to question everything; You can fashion yourself into anything you want to be

Bodies of Work I LikeThe Joe Rogan Experience

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Yuval Noah Harari

Storytelling

Why? - Myths and history are important and fascinating

Bodies of Work I Like - Sapiens

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Jim Rohn

Personal Development

Why? - Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better

Bodies of Work I Like - YouTube audiotapes

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Edward Bernays

Behavioral Sciences

Why?People are, at heart animals and are easily manipulated, especially in groups

Bodies of Work I Like - Father of Modern Advertising

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Mukesh Ambani

Entrepreneurship

Why?Unparalleled audacity to disrupt, relentlessly. Creating a dynasty and empire; Whatever you do, do at scale

Bodies of Work I Like - Reliance Jio; Reliance Retail

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Archimedes

Astronomy

Why? - For questioning the status quo and changing the Centre of the Universe; Leverage is Key

Bodies of Work I Like - |

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James Altucher

Personal Development

Why? - Everyone can be creative and 'choose themselves'. Experiment and control our identity

Bodies of Work I Like - The Altucher Confidential

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Storytelling

Why?Humans act based in certain predictable patterns, and according to biases. The financial world is a theatre for the human condition

Bodies of Work I Like - Fooled by Randomness; Skin in the Game; Antifragile

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Paul Stametts

Mysticism Spirituality & Meditation

Why? - Mycology is an amazing Gift from Nature

Bodies of Work I Like - Interviews where he appears

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Jordan Peterson

Personal Development

Why? - Spreading uncomfortable truths, and serving as a 'father' for a fatherless generation

Bodies of Work I Like - 12 Rules of Life; Maps of Meaning

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Ryan Holiday

Personal Development

Why? - Reviving Stoicism and conveying it as a balanced tool for Modern Living

Bodies of Work I Like - The Daily Stoic; Ego is the Enemy; Obstacle is the Way; Conspiracy

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Daniel Kahneman

Behavioral Sciences

Why? - Identifying and classifying 104 cognitive biases

Bodies of Work I Like - Thinking Fast & Slow

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Jared Diamond

Storytelling

Why? - Being able to wade through human history to understand why some communities have more "cargo" than others

Bodies of Work I Like - Guns, Germs & Steel

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Vishal Khandelwal

Investing

Why? - Teaching value investing from a First Principles framework

Bodies of Work I Like - www.safalniveshak.com

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Ramit Sethi

Finance & Personal Development

Why? - Simplifying convenience. Everything is negotiable. Automation is key and liberating. Asking for things is underrated. Those who ask, get. Exercise your "ask" muscle

Bodies of Work I Like - www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com

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Seth Godin

Personal Development

Why? - Monk like approach to crafting your own identity and building brands

Bodies of Work I Like - Linchpin; Purple Cow; His daily blog posts - seths.blog

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Maria Popova

Writing

Why? - Curating quality meditations and writing in the age of information overload

Bodies of Work I Like - www.brainpickings.org

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Carl Jung

Behavioral Sciences

Why? - Identifying personality types; Creating the entire foundation for modern psychology

Bodies of Work I Like - |

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Leonardo Da Vinci

The Arts

Why? - Being the quintessential Renaissance Man

Bodies of Work I Like - All his inventions; all his art

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Robert Greene

Storytelling

Why? - Using the lens of history to identify patterns in human nature that we can learn from

Bodies of Work I Like - The Laws of Human Nature; 48 Laws of Power

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