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  • I left behind a 9 year-long career as both a Computer Scientist
    and an Interaction Designer to attend art school.

    For 3 years, I made things with paper, clay, type, wood, metals, glass,
    plastic, and light. After realizing the importance of the body as physical
    material, I started acting and dancing as well.

    What I realized from this experience is that the act of making is not about
    creativity or innovation, but rather a challenge to empathize with others
    different from ourselves.

    That ‘other’ may be a fellow human being, or it could be a character
    in a story, a piece of wood, or even your own body. We often think we
    know them, but really… we have no idea. What we ultimately gain from
    making something is not merely a thing, or even the experience of making,
    but also a deep sense of trust in ourselves and in others that make up the
    world at large. We gain a source of love.

    Michael Shurtleff, one of the most preeminent American casting directors
    of all time, says in his landmark book, Audition, that to act out a scene,
    an actor must ask herself a simple question: “What am I fighting for?”

    In each of the scenes we act in this play called life,
    we’re fighting for love. Plain and simple.

    We can either live accepting or die rejecting. Accepting this idea would
    obviously make us intensely vulnerable. Very few would publicly announce
    their acceptance of such an idea.

    But when I look at people like Steve Jobs who have touched the hearts
    of millions, it’s not too difficult to imagine that they have long embraced
    this idea.

    Because if there is anything I’ve learned in the past 3 years, it’s that
    an honest expression of the self is the only way to evoke profound
    And there is every reason to believe that those who
    touch the hearts of millions are doing their very best to be honest with
    themselves–even if they may never achieve it.

    In the end, what you make is only as powerful as what it says about you,
    the maker. Whether you build a chair, a piece of software, an organization,
    a building, a city, or a movement, the root of the project must be an extension
    of yourself, an extension of your values.

    It must become the subject or your trust and empower you to make love,
    find hope, and keep faith. It must give you a reason to sustain your life,
    to live another day. It must force you to develop the humility and courage
    necessary to be honest with yourself, understand who you are, become
    who you dream, and inspire others to do the same. When your work can
    truly embody each of those elements, that is when you’ve finally made
    something real.

    Are you ready to be a maker?

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