There are so many people who have changed and prodigiously influenced my life, without any hesitation, these three names came to me in less than a second.
Steve Jobs: Also dubbed my imaginary boyfriend (according to my husband). He is a genius, a true innovator, who makes my incessantly wired life easier and with beautifully stunning designs. His brainiac brilliance does not end with just his inventions; he is a mastermind of marketing, paying attention to every detail. His commercials are catchy, using shoulder-dancing tunes that become signature brainwashing hit songs. He actually displays how the products work in the commercial.
Recently, my husband and I saw a commercial for another latest phone in the movie theater, it obviously had a huge budget (it was at least 4 minutes long, or seems like it anyway) and it portrayed a robotic human representing the future. At the very end of this intense Surround Sound commercial, you can barely see the phone.
Apple always has the educational support that no other company provides. As a business owner with all Apple computers, along with Apple Care, we get a brand-new hard drive for free, technical phone support and those cuties at the Genius Bar are friendly and patient.
Steve Jobs is my secret mentor; I take notes and learn from his every move. I’m insouciant when it comes to celebrities. I’m rarely star-struck, but if I do happen to meet S.J., I would be a tongued-tied teenager again wearing deep blush, barely able to uttering a word. I love geeks.
P.S. Please feel better and make my dream come true S.J!
Alice Waters and Michael Pollan: A few years ago, my husband and I read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. We both had a food epiphany that changed the way we eat, and we are COFF (compulsive, obsessive, food freaks). We cook from scratch, eat local farm produce, but of course, not too much. We are not vegetarians, but we know exactly where the meats come from and what they were fed. Essentially, this book and the recession beckoned me back to my kitchen to practice what we both learned from the book. Alice Waters is the mother of American food, a vivacious pioneer of the “slow food” movement. Her ideas made Michael Pollan’s insightful principles possible. If you haven’t read this book, read it now: it will change your life, or, at the very least, watch the documentary—“Food, Inc.”
Oprah Winfrey: Please don’t roll your eyes, for she is the reason I became an avid reader. I’m my own investigating culturist, because my family is one of those immigrant families that cocooned itself exclusively with the Korean community. They speak, eat, read, dream and watch all things in Korean in New Jersey. They speak English only if they have to, and read or write only for business- related reasons. I’m the black sheep of the family who married a non-Korean and I only speak Korean with my family. During my twenties, the bookstores were peppered with Oprah’s Book Club seals of approvals; I took the bait and immediately got hooked with, “The Book of Ruth” by Jane Hamilton (1989). I would eagerly wait for her next announcement as I savored scrumptious books after books: now this has become part of my life. Oprah has been my sister, mother, aunt, trustworthy best friend and my book fairy. Thank you Oprah, for introducing me to fabulous authors.