I dedicate a large portion of my time to the reasons behind my actions. I am a strong believer in leading by example and operating under the assumption that the best outcome will be produced as a consequence of my effort. It’s common to find me journaling or updating the database of thoughts that is my notes app.
One thing that absolutely terrifies me is becoming complacent. I am seeking out people, experiences and perspectives that I can integrate into my character. A few people have accused me of being an "over-thinker" and I can understand why. I try to monitor my mental capacity to make sure I don't become overwhelmed by thoughts, but I also need to move towards a better version of myself. Thinking allows me to analyze my observations into something that may prove to be useful.
Any fellow Spartans?
As I grew older I began making more dangerous projects that required a bit more forethought. A metal melting foundry was one of the first times I needed to seriously consider the safety of my project because even as a 14-year old, I knew molten metal was hot! A friend of mine and I would spend hours melting down soda cans to make a few aluminum ingots. There are a lot of things I'd change about that operation if I were to do it again, but when we saw that first can collapse under its own weight and turn bright red I knew all the time, sweat and future burns were worth it.
As the years went by I continued to hone my abilities. I became a bit more ambitious and scaled up my projects. I learned to work in a group during my time with battle bots, and I started to personalize my possessions. Eventually, simple day-to-day tasks started being analyzed like my projects. Is my office chair too short? I'll just weld together an extension. Is my table wobbly and small? Let's make a custom one with LED's and secure it directly to the wall.
Can you guess my favorite color?