If you could choose to live 10 other people’s lives (living or deceased), who would they be?

June 4, 2020 by

I recently had an interesting exchange with my good friend and business partner, Don MacPherson of 12 Geniuses asking him if he could live 10 people’s lives (living or deceased) who would they be? 

I also shared with him my top ten:


Paul McCartney

Mahatma Gandhi


Vince Lombardi

Winston Churchill

Mother Teresa

Nelson Mandela 

Pope John Paul 

Reinhold Messner

Like me, Don is a Big Brother. In fact, he and his Little Brother Shakeel were matched in 2003 and are still friends today.  The photo above was taken the very first day they met.  Call it pure coincidence or not, Don told me that he asked the very same question to his Little Brother Shakeel when Shakeel was just 12 years old.

Shakeel’s response was very revealing.  “I would not want to live anyone else’s life, because you never know and can’t see what kind other stuff they are dealing with.”  What an insightful comment from a great young man.


Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.

Email: kevin@kevinsheridanllc.com