Portrait Project


Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Monica Sharma

It began with a pack of Legos from a McDonald's Happy Meal. A few plastic blocks were meant to be a helicopter, but I quickly transformed them into a multipurpose vehicle — a boat and time machine. To me, Legos were not inconsequential 1x2 inch plastic blocks; they were tools that enabled me to translate dreams into reality. One block could amuse for hours, and several more lead to days of unforgettable fantasy by an often under-appreciated entity known as imagination.

Throughout my childhood, my life consisted of just a few interests, the most important of which were Legos. As I grew up, these toys helped to instill an entrepreneurial and inquisitive mindset that resides deep within me today. In third grade, I won an award for my invention of an air-cooled hat for hot summer days. As a consultant, I was able to build business cases for additional revenue opportunities for my clients.

The power of Legos stems from the human mind coupling with imagination. The world now appears to me as a giant Lego project still under construction, with many pieces yet to be joined together. I believe in infinite possibilities, and this insatiable curiosity will enable me to have the proclivity to inquire into all things. I will spend my life continuing to be inventive and inspired by the mysteries of the world. In the end, the best way to predict the future is to build it yourself.

— Monica Sharma