The Master Builder
A recent movie called The Greatest Showman chronicles my drive and ambition to make something of myself and to build the Greatest Show on Earth. Multiple times I created and re-created, built, and rebuilt myself and what would become an American institution that entertained thousands of people for more than 100 years. I am Phineas Taylor Barnum.
Typecast in my early career as popular leading man in romantic comedies, I decided it was important to restructure the professional life of Matthew McConaughey. Now I am known as an award winning dramatic actor, one of Time Magazines most influential people, and perhaps not so well known for founding the just keep livin’ foundation, “dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women”.
I am a multi-faceted, multi talented, renaissance woman of modern times. I move effortlessly between my many interests, projects, and life choices. It is only because I am so well grounded and have created a flexible, yet sound structure within which to move that I can balance the parts of myself and my life that to some may look disparate. Remodel my home? Check. Graduate from chiropractic school? Check. Build a successful medical practice? Check. Sell my home and find another to remodel? Check. Study and subsequently teach Yoga? Check. Do it all with grace, humor, compassion, and joy? Check!
Knighted as Sir Paul McCartney for services to music by Queen Elizabeth in 1992, I am considered to be one of the most successful musicians and composers of all time. Starting with the Beatles, I have maintained a stable and consistent presence throughout my wildly successful career. Mine are the shoulders of an inspirational giant that the many who came after me, stand upon.
Principle Founder of Microsoft, the worlds largest PC software company, during my tenure there, I held the positions of CEO, Chief Software Architect, and Chairman. After 30 plus years of active involvement at Microsoft, I transitioned into working primarily with my charitable organization The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I am committed to dedicating the bulk of my immense wealth to philanthropy, and purportedly on track to donate over 95% of my estate upon my death to charity.
One of the most influential people, let alone women, of my time, I have built a massive, rock solid, global empire dedicated to encouraging others to explore spirituality and self improvement (and don’t forget great literature). From the Oprah Winfrey talk show, to my magazine “O”, to my philanthropic interests, I have touched the live of millions of people.
Currently on my Farewell Yellow Brick Road (and final) tour, I have been amazing and entertaining fans with my music and live performances for more than 5 decades. I have built a musical dynasty and received multiple awards for my music. Beyond my musical career, I am very proud of founding the Elton John AIDs Foundation and using my social capital to fight not only AIDS, but also the prejudice associated with it. It was for my charitable efforts that I was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998. While all that is important now it is time to enjoy my family.
My name is David E., I am an architect by trade and passion, and my best claim to fame (as well as what I am most proud of) is being awarded the privilege of designing my country’s pavilion for the World Fair. Thought by many in the design world to be on par with Olympian status, it can simultaneously be the most exhilarating, anxiety ridden, and exhausting project an architect can create. The goal is not only to build a lovely structure, but to also express the essence of the country it represents and leave a lasting impression with those who visit the Worlds Fair.
Born Tenzin Gyatso, I cherish my role as the 14th Dalai Lama and as the Architect and Master Builder of my vision of a better world. I am deeply committed to my role as spiritual leader and providing a sense of stability and continuity not only for the people of Tibet, but for all people. Widely popular as a moral leader throughout the world, I am able to bridge cultures and political systems in a way that few others of modern times have achieved.