The artistic side of engineering

My Creative DNA.

I found this reading quite fascinating. It really made me realize that everyone has their own thing that they just get. It doesn’t matter what it is or why, but it just clicks for you. And at the same time there are things that someone will never be able to get, even if you think you’re good at everything. It reminded me of the quote “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein. There are unlimited possibilities in this world, so it isn’t possible to be good nor bad at everything. But when you find those few things that you just excel at naturally and love to do, you find what makes you, you.


1. What is the first creative moment you remember?

–The first creative moment in my life that I can remember is when I got my first Lego set when I was 5. This is what sparked my love for designing and building things as a child. I remember opening the box and pouring the small, colorful bricks on the stone floor. They were supposed to be the pieces to create a construction truck, but in the end these pieces creative dozens of different things. I had a great imagination as a child and loved to think up these wild contraptions. Legos were my way of creating these inventions as a child and ended up becoming a major part of my childhood.

2. What is your creative ambition?

–My creative ambition is designing, planning, and building new inventions that will interest the world. I believe this actually started when I received that Lego set. I would spend countless hours building Legos as a kid and as I grew older I expanded and started building other things. And here I am today, studying to become a mechanical engineer. The freedom to create something new that nobody else has thought of to solve everyday problems just seems so fascinating to me, and ultimately what I am most ambitious about.

3. When you work, do you love the process or the result?

–My answer to this question isn’t certain. The process of designing and coming up with a new idea is probably my favorite part of any work that I do. But after that, you must get everything together and start the actual task. This is where I procrastinate and lose focus occasionally. Once the ball gets rolling though, I enjoy seeing my work take form and all the small details come into play to create a bigger picture. However, when it’s all said and done, I also love to see the end result and be able to say that I came up with that and built it. For the most part though, the process is the part of work that I love.

4. What is the dumbest idea?

–I personally think that the dumbest idea is one that is never anything but an idea. I’m not talking about beliefs or opinions on things, but ideas that people come up with and say “Hey wouldn’t that be so useful/cool?” and then never do anything about it. For instance, take Jay Sorensen, the creator of the coffee cup sleeve. This is an everyday item that we all take for granted, but is truly a great idea. Sorensen came up with the idea to put a thin sheet of cardboard around coffee cups so that people wouldn’t burn their hands. Simple and genius. And Sorensen patented his idea and went on to make millions. This simple idea changed his life but only because he chose to make it a good idea by acting on it.

5. What are your attitudes towards: money, power, praise, rivals, work, play?

None of the above things are neither bad nor good. At times they can be the best thing for you, but if done to often they can destroy a person.Money is great, but can change the values of anyone; everyone has a price. It’s great to have power, but too much will lead to greed and corruption. Praise provides hope but too much will alter someone’s reality and cloud their judgement. Work is productive to a point, but there is a level that, if surpassed, will only be counter productive. And play: it’s always fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. But if that’s the only thing done, then you will end right where you started.

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ― Oscar Wilde.

One response

  1. kimber

    Love the Einstein quote. I had never heard that one and it rings true to my ears. I was really interested in your love for creating and building and was wondering how you felt about the “work” part. There is so much stuff you need to master in terms of skills in engineering and I was wondering how that effected your ability to be creative, but you seem to have found a balance. I was also quite interested in your response to the question of dumbest idea. I had never framed it that way, and it has made me rethink the power of just doing what is on your mind. Thanks for giving me so much to think about.

    February 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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