yesterday I meet a young mind of a student that has all the ingredients to do something interesting with his life, and he has a step up on most with his understanding of what is important to him and the meaning of life. it was refreshing to hear him talk and see what he has cobbled together, sans investment backing with tooling a microgreen farm together. it is people like this young man that give me hope in a world cluttered with noise and chatter. he is making something physical, tangible and needed.
the past few posts in this blog have me looking at what I personally see as the trajectory of the USA. I almost fell into the same path as the herd with being a critic. while it has taken many years, and lots of errors, I learned I have to be honest with myself, and what the rest of the world wants to do/say/act, is their choice. the choice you have is to ignore the cloud of noise and take the time you would waste with something you can ‘t control and use it to change yourself, and maybe a few people around you might notice and decide to change as well. while it is nice to make others happy, if you live trying to please others - odds are high that you will fail.
you really don’t need much in life to be happy. in fact, I would wager for heartfelt happiness, you really need very little of the external goods of consumerism that many want to wrap around themselves as some sort of extension for the world to see. anymore, I am going the other way to a place where if I can’t carry it with me, do I really need it. while this opens up lots of odd things in life, particularly with a partner that likes stuff, enjoys it, and the meaning of the stuff – they need more room to display their stuff. me? I need more room to build prototypes and ideas. I am designing that space and a place for 6 other nerds and freaks to come into a skunkworks place. how I get to move it all around is still a bit tricky, but I have some ideas. who knew creating a home you can open up and live anywhere on the planet as long as you have a large wide open space would lead to more ideas like this?
I digress. you have this young man and I am going to give him some of our agriculture control system prototypes because he simply gave all the answers you want with someone that bootstrapped and physically is doing all the things to make a great business model for himself. it is opposite of what I see often in the world, as well as the value of a prototype. usually I have lots of people talking, showing pretty pictures, maybe a 3d generated model or idea – all of which is theoretically possible – but they lack the experience or knowledge of doing the dirty work and making the idea from paper into a physical reality – of which, “can I make money” is yet another set of questions that have to be worked out.
I don’t find too many people that can invent, design & build on this planet. I am not sure if it is there aren’t more with the hybrid ability to crossover into several disciplines that i find with makers and innovators. has society pushed some idea of specialization and if you are out of that niche, you are a bit lost in how the other parts work? or is this smaller group of people, seeming outcasts to the norm of following a social order really a bit rare?
the next week should be non-stop typing. the reason is twofold, by putting all the documents and plans together – have force myself to see what is missing or could be done better. the second is that people with no business experience don’t realize if you have someone that has already built things, they know what the physical cost of goods is and the time elements. my mistake has been that I understand what startup costs and if I can help anyone in that stage not to blow through their money, I am happy to help – but to do that, you have to cut out the expense of time. this is what I don’t think the world understands – the value of ideas, time, development, iterations, and the cost of it.
“I have a new untested idea, tell me how much it will cost to make?”
“have you seen it anywhere else before?”
“I can give you some ideas of time and cost, but you might consider spending more in the bash modes. anyone can design your solution, but the reality is if you design it, you will usually come up with 5-10 variations that are better. this is where you want to spend your time up front versus just saying, “design me a thing-a-ma-bob.”
“because in the modern market, there are a ton of ideas out there, and no shortage of people with dreams and no experience to the reality of what it costs, takes and needs. I wonder if in business school people think they have an idea, go to sleep and it magically scales across the world and makes one a multibillionaire.”
“you mean it doesn’t work that way?”
“uhm…not unless you only want to dream about it.”
that is why I like this young man. he had an idea, cobbled the parts together because he couldn’t afford top of the line solutions, and voila – he has it working. it is nice to see this in a world where it appears more are just doing a job to make a wage.
that is the other lesson I learned in life. if you find your passion and do it -it really isn’t work anymore, rather, life becomes an adventure.