1. Lee Daniels’ Dubble Bubble“In my childhood, it was my go-to food when bad things happened,” says the Empire creator. “Now I chew it during meetings with my agent, to remind myself that I don’t want to be poor again. Because I could accept work for a dollar if I really love something.”
1. Lee Daniels’ Dubble Bubble“In my childhood, it was my go-to food when bad things happened,” says the Empire creator. “Now I chew it during meetings with my agent, to remind myself that I don’t want to be poor again. Because I could accept work for a dollar if I really love something.”Danny Kim for TIME
1. Lee Daniels’ Dubble Bubble“In my childhood, it was my go-to food when bad things happened,” says the Empire creator. “Now I chew it during meetings with my agent, to remind myself that I don’t want to be poor again. Because I could accept work for a dollar if I really love something.”
2. Bob Iger’s Winston Churchill Figurine “It was carved by a dear friend of my father’s and given to me as a gift when I was 11 or 12,” says the Disney CEO. “It’s been on every one of my desks for almost 40 years as a reminder of leadership, perseverance and eternal hope that good conquers evil.”
3. Elizabeth Warren’s Family Photo “It’s from a trip to Legoland with a herd of nieces, nephews and grandkids,” says the Massachusetts Senator. “When things get tough, I look at that picture, smile and remember that I’m fighting for their future.”
4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Pin “On days when I need extra energy, courage, staying power or luck, I wear my mother’s pin,” says the Supreme Court Justice.
5. Diane von Furstenberg’s Camera “I take it everywhere because I keep a visual diary,” says the designer. “It is my friend, my reliable tool for immortality.”
6. Ina Garten’s Taylor Swift CD “Taylor’s a very positive person, and I admire that enormously,” says the chef. “‘Shake It Off’ is a brilliant message in a world that can be much too critical.”
7. Tom Frieden’s Index Card “Every day, I have one, and it’s folded in half,” says the CDC director. “The outside has my schedule for the day, and the inside has two halves: the top is the people I need to call, the bottom is the things I need to do. It keeps me on track and allows me to be proactive.”
8. Danny Meyer’s Desk owl “This was always on my dad’s desk, and he and I cooked together when I was a kid,” says the restaurateur. “Even though he’s not here, I still love him deeply.”
9. Misty Copeland’s Necklace “Once my boyfriend gave it to me, I never took it off,” says the ballerina. “It’s nice to feel like you have support from outside the dance world.”
10. Pardis Sabeti’s Nine Inch Nails CD “While I was working on my Ph.D., from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. the lab was mine, so I would turn on Pretty Hate Machine,” says the geneticist. “It became the air that I breathe. It became the soundtrack of my life.”
11. Scott Kelly’s Multitool “Keeping track of tools in space can be one of the most challenging parts of working in microgravity,” says the astronaut. “A simple multitool device helps with everyday tasks.”
1. Lee Daniels’ Dubble Bubble“In my childhood, it was my go-to food when bad things happened,” says the Empire creator.
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