Making has removed the fear to try. I’m not afraid to fail because failing is learning. I’ve taken apart electronics, small engines, and my car, and after that you learn that the only thing stopping you from fixing whatever you want is unfounded fear.
My personal making involves making actual physical goods. My professional work involves a lot of typing and creating things that exist as bits on a spinning disc somewhere. Woodworking has given me an appreciation of having a real, honest craft that needs to be nurtured and explored. I’ve since realized that writing software is its own craft as well and that …
Making things for myself is an exercise in problem solving. The experience of going from idea to finished goods carries over into every area of my life. Thinking of solutions to problems is a skill and a form of creative expression for me. It brings me joy.
My entire company was created as an outlet for my creativity. I was restless and frustrated with work so I poured my creative juices into my hobby of tabletop gaming. I soon had several products and a budding side business. I went from hating 40-45 hour work weeks to having the time of my life working 100+ hours a week. …
I liked The Art of Innovation by David Kelley – and I’ve added Creative Confidence to my reading list. Stay tuned for my thoughts and direct applications for makers.
A great talk on building self-confidence as a skill, and eliminating negative self-talk.
When work gets me down, I love being able to sit down and do something I’m really good at. It helps energize me to face all the crap I have to go through at work.