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Metaphor Minute: If You Were on Time's 100 most Influentials List

The METAPHOR MINUTE Newsletter by Anne Miller

May 6, 2014

If You Were on Time's 100 Most Influentials List

Robert Redford, Pharrell Williams, Jeff Bezos, Malala Yousafzai – I just love to see who makes the Time’s 100 Most Influential People list (Kerry Washington?). Washington notwithstanding, what is interesting for readers of The Metaphor Minute is how often the editors tapped into the resonance of metaphor to capture the essence of who or what defines these special “Titans, Pioneers Leaders, Artists, and Icons.”

An even more interesting question to ask is: If you were on Time’s 100 list, what metaphor would appear under your picture?

Think about what you do, who you are and the value you offer. How would you be described? Use the examples below from Time’s 2014 list to spark the ideal metaphorical description for yourself.

  • Beyonce: She’s the boss
  • Janet Yellen: Captain of the U.S. Economy
  • Jeff Bezos: …who went on a wild ride from original hero of Internet commerce to poster child of dotcom hype to a second act on par with Steve Jobs’ return to Apple
  • Serena Williams: The warrior who refuses to quit
  • Jenji Kohan: A force of nature
  • Edward Snowden: Renegade in exile
  • Katherine Hayhoe: Environmental Evangelist
  • Hosain Rahman: The stylist of wearable tech
  • Seth Meyers: The new kid in late night
  • Steve McQueen: The passionate story-teller
  • Amy Adams: The cinematic chameleon
  • Mary Barra: The executive in the hot seat
  • Vladimir Putin: …his rhetoric is nothing more than a fantasy inside a delusion wrapped in a tissue of lies.
  • Angela Merkel: The transformer of Germany
  • Jerry Brown: No longer the new kid, he’s now the adult in the room—the wise steward of our state’s resources
  • Robert Redford: Godfather of indie film
  • Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan’s torchbearer for girls’ education
  • Alice Waters: Pioneer of good food for all
  • Carl Icahn: The wolf of Wall Street reborn

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What is the metaphor that best describes you? Let’s have some fun with this and also throw in a little free publicity for your business or cause. Send me your answer and why you chose that metaphor. I will reprint it in the next Metaphor Minute, complete with links to your site. Send to

Then, when Time calls you next year to announce your inclusion in their 100 Most Influential People list, you will be ready with the perfect metaphor for their profile of you.

Anne Miller
Make What You Say Pay — With Metaphors.

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