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I admire Bono's dedication and his willingness to make decisions. There is no pretense
about him. In fact, he has opened himself up to criticism because he has been willing to work with anyone to find help for
these children. After our first meeting, he invited me to be his guest at a U2 concert.
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I asked a bunch of people if these were the 100 people who were most important in their lives this year—and not one of them said yes. I don't know what kind of research Time's editors are doing, but maybe they should get out of the building more. Especially during the hours they have to edit me. But no matter how many times I suggest we focus the Time 100 on the people who actually affect us—the buyer at Wal-Mart, the office IT person, the two guys who sing the Applebee's Shrimp Sensations song—no one listens to me. And if there's one thing the past few years have taught me, it's that when something needs to be altered, the best thing to do is tear it down and replace it with a shoddily built alternative. That's why I've taken the radical step of coming up with the Joel 100™, a list that I suspect will in a year or two supplant the Time 100.