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She had built it from scratch

I can't help feeling that I (and this website) resemble this Wondermark panel...

She had built it from scratch, each part carefully sourced and fitted just so. It was a difficult beast to manage, all fine adjustments and counter-intuitive weight distribution, but it was a challenge, and it was unique, and it was hers. Some explained how she could make it simpler, or do it a different way, but she expected that. It could be simpler, but it wouldn’t be what it was. It could be different, but then it wouldn’t be her own. It was a terrible way to get around, but at least until she tore it down for parts again, it was a real, metal, 800-lb accomplishment. She’d take the smell of smoke in her hair over the rot of unfinished plans any day.

Painstakingly hand-built, more complicated than it needs to be, putting principle over practicalities, the culmination of year's love, sweat and tears during which everything came second to the project's completion? Challenging, unique, often inconvenient, and not entirely profitable? This is all sounding very familiar.

But it's worth it to see your labours bear fruit, and to feel a glorious sense of pride and ownership of your achievement.

I'm sure that my boyfriends can empathise with the source comic strip:

Dating the owner of a start-up can be a trial at times.

(Speaking of putting aesthetics over profit, you could argue that this is a better metaphor for what I'm doing here. But I know from experience that at least some things on this website fit in your mouth.)


Creative Thinking

I can assure you that this website is no cartoon contraption.

I so relate to what you’re saying, though. Creative people will naturally want to stamp their own personality onto whatever they’re making or doing.
There are plenty of times – especially at work – when I’ve come up against this attitude of ‘you don’t do it like that’ or worse, ‘we’ve never done it that way in the past’.
I’ve even had ideas rejected because some senior bods ‘didn’t understand’ them. Presumably implying that it was my fault for suggesting something beyond their comprehension.

So carry on thinking out of the box. As you suggest, there is an enormous sense of satisfaction and fulfilment in seeing your ideas come to fruition.

I think the problem with the doughplane was all down to poor lift-to-drag ratio.

Thanks for this comment Steve, it made me smile :)

I agree that inertia can be a mighty force... and taken on average people tend to be resistant to change. There are always the exceptions though who make things awkward for everyone else ;)

The doughplanes were works of art. Perhaps the problem was trying to sell them in a bakery rather than an art gallery. Everything has its audience; the trick is reaching it.

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