When I left high school, I knew one thing: I wanted to build things.
It’s why I chose to study engineering.
And it’s why I went into the world of tech and startups after university.
I wanted to experience building things from start to finish.
Today, not much has changed.
I still love building things. And I still want to get better at doing it.
The act of creation brings me huge satisfaction.
It’s why I enjoy writing, photography and video.
There’s something deeply satisfying about taking a project from start to finish, a creation completely of your own making.
I get the same sense of satisfaction building systems at work.
This is sometimes a difficult balance.
It’s not always optimal to build something yourself when you have a team or other resources that could do it for you.
But coordinating a project doesn’t bring the same sense of satisfaction.
And of course, on a longer time scale, building businesses has become a large part of my life.
Whether that’s contributing to a startup, or building something on my own, the same sense of satisfaction is there.
A business is a system too, albeit more complex, and building one can bring that same sense of satisfaction.
Many things have changed since I graduated high school.
Wanting to build things isn’t one of them.