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Clearly there are more hours in the day than most of us put to good use.

Welcome to The Professionals, an eight-part video series that connects you to the hearts, minds and anything-but-ordinary days of the people who run things, do things and make things GO.

Sharon Carpenter: Journalist, Fashion Designer, TV Personality, Host of HQ Trivia U.K.

Social scientists have said that most of us, when passing by a table in a room, can recall only five things placed at random on the tabletop. Which explains why most of us are perfectly OK with singular descriptions of what we do — teacher, plumber, doctor — and who we are. But maybe it also explains perfectly why half-Indian, half-white Sharon Carpenter, straight out of Watford, north of London, and now in New York, has pushed well beyond just one way of seeing herself and embraced the whole more-is-more philosophy of life in total.

So she’s running a clothing line that she designs for, hosts online game HQ Trivia U.K., is a journalist and a TV producer. That’s four things, in case you were keeping count and wondering why you’re so lazy.

“I like to multitask and do all of these things,” Carpenter says. “I want to have, at some point, a media empire.” How? “Believe in yourself.”

Indeed. Ladies and gentlemen, the mighty Sharon Carpenter.

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