The single most influential individual in my life -- Ayn Rand saw the heroic in man, and dared to bring him to life in both awe-inspiring novels and a monumental philosophy.
The greatest thinker in the field of child education -- Dr. Montessori created an impressive educational framework for the healthy and joyous development of children.
I wish in my early years of teaching (and in relationships) I would have known of Dr. Ginott -- a caring educator and psychologist who has fundamentally affected the way I communicate with children and adults.
In my early 20s I rediscovered Anne -- a young girl who, although tragically never had the opportunity to become an adult, has taught me so much about what it means to be one.
As an adult I have had only one living ideal -- Steve Jobs, an individual who dazzled me with his integration of visionary tech leadership and exacting aesthetic standards.