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Daring to do what you dreamed to do as a kid can pay off in a big way.


by Pete Ferguson

As a kid, I loved to play with Lego plastic bricks. They were a door to  a world of imagination, exploration, and fun.

Over the years I collected many different sets and was always on the lookout for more tires and other parts that moved to allow for greater variations.

One of the best things that happened to my Lego addiction was the birth of my baby brother, Mark. I was eleven at the time and it gave me an "excuse" to continue to play for many more years.

It was fun to teach Mark the ins and outs of organization and construction. The "best thing" was repeated again as I've had children. Now our collection takes up three sets of plastic drawers and each child has their own selection.

As a kid, I had heard a rumor that there were Lego Masters, but didn't know what it took to become one. As it turns out, there are only four official Lego Master Model Builders - who work for Lego and help drive the company's vision. The interview process is very different than your standard Corporate America gig.

Resumes aren't very important, creativity is key. Twenty-three-year-old Andrew Johnson of Illinois is the newest — and youngest — to earn the title.

Instead of filling out an employment application, Johnson submitted a stop-animation video featuring a Lego catapult firing a boulder at a dragon. On the basis of that video, he was chosen to battle other candidates in a three-round build-off in front of an audience of kids and parents.


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