rapid prototyping life 2.0
February 26, 2008
What is rapid prototyping?
Rapid prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using solid freeform fabrication (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_prototyping).
Rapid prototyping machinery has largely replaced traditional prototyping techniques due to speed and cost advantages.
It is often used in the automotive industry.
How does this apply to life?
Writing has always been in my blood. I spent the first 15 years of my “working life” trying to fight it.
These days at work, I am writing about things *I do not care about*, on *someone else’s schedule*. I am working for someone else, making lots of money for someone else, while someone else raises my children at daycare. We cannot live where we choose to live, with the freedom we desire.
I decided back at the very beginning of 2007 that I would become a professional writer. I have several great ideas for books and stories. If I did that, I said to myself, we could live anywhere in the world.
One day, I woke up – and it was 2008.
Like many, I allowed the minutia of life to interfere with my transition plans, and I let myself fall into an endless planning stage. I had written a lot of material, but not gone anywhere with it.
No longer. I launched myself out into the world, via this blog. I am meeting many wonderful people through this experience. I am interacting with them, learning at an exponential rate.
I have to thank many of these people for encouraging me to do this, people like the Men with Pens who encourage us to write our novels, like Michael Martine for the kick in the pants to try a starter blog, or Christine O’Kelly who challenges us to stop existing and take action. Not only these people, but the many people who comment and interact.
Yesterday, I took “the machine” for a test drive. I was at home, with two of my four children (they were ill with cold) and I was writing. I was mind mapping my books, my blogs and my business plans. I was also interacting with my friends from around the world, and it was amazing.
Sure, there were interruptions from the kids, but there were also interactions. When they were playing together, I was amazingly productive. It was like we knew how to take breaks together. They are an inspiration. They know not fear of failure. They know only action.
It was a glimpse into the future I will build for myself. I must build for myself.
Build your own rapid prototype – today. Just start now. It will not be perfect. That is not the point. Make some mistakes right away, you will learn quickly and in the end, the payoffs will more than outweigh the initial costs. Test drive your machine, see how you like it, kick the tires, adjust the seat and the mirrors, try out the radio.
This is my rapid prototyping machine – from my thoughts, to the world.