In my own case, I have learned that I need to view everything I do from every side, measuring twice and cutting once, and keeping the tools sharp and ready. What can seem like a slow start can actually be a fast and efficient conclusion with no need to stop and restart, or fix errors, or duplicate effort.
The ability to assess the scope of a situation, develop an initial concept to solve the problem, and execute a flexible and dynamic process to produce a viable solution demands constant innovation, evaluation, expedition, and commitment. Previous successes and failures have honed my creative process into a science based methodology that explore the range from chaos to complete control.
Everyone in my family is big on figuring out how to do things on their own, from books or the internet. I think a lot of people miss out on things like that, so they think in order to have something you have to buy it, and in order to fix something you have to bring it to someone else or just replace it. I grow food and enhance community capacity to do the same as a living, and I feel that my willingness to experiment and faith in my own abilities has taken me a long way. I think a lot of that came from my mom’s adventurous, crafty spirit.
My personal experiments and projects have informed the way I make as an emerging professional. I think my dedication to “for-fun” projects has increased my work ethic, in that I am more focused and productive.
In professional work, the undercurrent is not being content with the way things were done in the past and wanting to try something new. There’s also a bonus in doing something new all the time because it’s harder to be judged when you are on the cutting edge of things. In some sense, you succeed simply because you tried something new – whether it worked or not.
I leverage my lack of knowledge in any field – i.e. learning how to program a microcontroller – into shaping content that is easy for a beginner to understand. I assume (perhaps presumptive, but heck) that if I don’t “get it” easily it is probably not explained in a manner helpful for a beginner.
I’ve always been creative but not much of a doer until I met my husband. He is CIO for the company he works for and also owns his own business; he is a maker and entrepreneur in both places. Together we work on projects where I do the creative work and he is in charge of the technical process. We are the perfect team.
Professionally, I am a software engineer most of the time. The ability to use creation processes in a physical environment rather than a virtual one has altered the means by which I create; boundaries that previously existed are less present and I am more likely to attempt to merge my software creations with my physical ones.
Along the way, many personal electronics and programming projects have helped to improve the quality of the professional work I do by giving me more experience with the technologies that I use.
What this has done for my professional life is demonstrate I can quite literally do anything I want. I am capable of creating, making, breaking the ice with anyone no matter what their social status. It also showed me that its ok to be passionate about the stuff that “no one cares about.” I find it a constant source of inspiration in my personal and professional life.