Passion LOVE to Create

激情-热爱创造

History is replete with examples of people who achieved extraordinary goals by means of their brilliance or sheer will, but rarely without passion. History is also replete with people who never accomplished much of anything because they could never bring themselves to pry themselves away from mind numbing inactivity. Designers usually are passionate about the concept generation aspects of design; however, details can often appear boring, but the details are every bit as important to a design as the overall concept if the goal is to bring to market a truly inspiring product. 1The difference in a product that is just created verses one that is created with 􀀼Passion􀀼is like the difference between a handshake and a honeymoon! 

历史上很多工程师凭着天才和执着实现了非凡的发明和创造,他们之中很少有人是缺乏激情的。历史上也充斥着碌碌无为之辈,思想麻木从来不主动思考。设计者一般都对概念和方案的设计饱含激情,却对技术方案的细节很少问津。但是,对于投放到市场上的工程设计产品来说,细节和概念方案同等的重要。普通的设计和富有激情的设计简直是天差地别,就好像礼貌性的握手致意和一段甜美的蜜月所需要的投入度是那么的不同。

The first step in developing a personal passion plan is to realize that that there are different orders of 􀀼Passion􀀼as a catalyst for accomplishing a goal, ranging from the simple realization that a task needs to be accomplished in order to pay the rent and buy food, to the realization that the idea on which you are working could change the world. The second step is to gauge the task at hand and select an appropriate level of passion, for if one expects to save the world by mowing the lawn, one may be in for a letdown. The third step is to think of how you and others will benefit from what you are doing, and how big a "thank you!" you will get either now or in the future for accomplishing the task. The fourth and perhaps most critical step is to think of your most desirous intellectual and physical activities, and realize that the task at hand can be a means for you to better enjoy the things you love most! 

建立起激情而又主动计划的第一步:需要认清针对不同的目标,激情的程度也是不同的。比起简单的为了生活所迫,支付房租或者活口所需要的激情和动力,远比参与改变世界的项目所需要的激情少的多。第二步,需要根据现实衡量自己的能力,并付诸适度的激情。而不是以“一屋不扫“的态度,妄图”扫天下“,这样等待你的很有可能是失败而已。第三步,就是抱着感恩的心,回馈社会,包括他人甚至自己。第四步,也是最关键的一步,调动自己的脑力和体力,通过实现计划来让生活变得更美好。

Just about any activity can be conducted in a manner that helps one to grow in the context of their goals in life both professional and personal. With this in mind, consider the some of the author’s fun functions: 

个人的任何行动都可以用来实现他们的职业或者私人的目标。谨记这条,参考作者几个热爱的行动:

• Most desirous intellectual activities: Designing and building new things, playing games, and solving puzzles

•最渴望的脑力活动:设计和制造新的产品,游戏,解谜

• Most desirous physical activities: Exercise, Snowboarding, SCUBA diving, triathlon...

•最渴望的体力活动:锻炼身体,滑雪,潜水,铁人三项(该教授很热爱运动,我以为会很nerd像Sheldon一样不会体育)

Physiologically, passion goes hand in hand with the release of endorphins in the brain. Hence to feel good when doing details that may otherwise not be big endorphin releasers, map the activities onto other activities that can help to stimulate endorphin release. Mental tasks can be mapped onto games and puzzles. While doing mental tasks, one can also incorporate light exercise which is a proven endorphin generator. Some activities, such as washing dishes or doing the laundry, require such a low level of brain activity that one can do them while also designing new gadgets to help to accomplish the boring task. Table 1 provides some examples. 

生理学上讲,激情会促使大脑分泌胺多酚,从而使得人们心情愉悦。但是涉及到机械的细节设计时,大脑很少会分泌胺多酚,从而令人觉得沮丧。通过映射,可以把不同的活动联系起来,这样有助于促进胺多酚。心里活动可以映射到游戏或者解谜上。在脑力活动的同时进行一些体力活动,也会有效的促进胺多酚的分泌。对于那些很少需要脑力活动的繁琐家务,比如洗碗或者洗衣服,可以通过脑力活动,冥想一些新的设计来帮助更开心的完成家务。

Table 1: Injecting passion into common activities

Activity 活动

Intellectual Mapping脑力映射

Physical Mapping体力映射

Background research: Creating a list of functional requirements, investigating what has been done, conducting surveys...

背景调查:建立功能需求列表,检查已经做过的工作,进行调研

You are creating a treasure map that will lead you to the buried treasure (contained in the wallets of countless consumers!)

你在创造一块藏宝地图,地图的终点是伟大的宝藏(无数顾客手中的钞票)

Go for a walk and meet customers. Walk and observe others using competing products.

去拜访客户,观察其他的竞争产品

Making drawings before making

stuff in the shop

制图

This is a video game! As you detail the parts imagine them being machined and assembled.

Keep your eyes open for shortcuts to minimize the number of parts and make them effortlessly snap together in an obvious way.

当作是游戏!当你设计零件时,假想零件的制造和装配过程。注意要利用捷径,最大限度的减少零件的数量,并保证所有零件可以轻松的装配起来。

Create a dance that makes you the part as it goes through the manufacturing process, and do the dance. Walk through the factory imagining each step of the manufacturing process.

为了打发机加工的无聊时间,你可以创造独特舞步,激发自己的兴趣。穿过工厂的每个加工工位,脑海里假想这个加工过程。

Writing reports

写报告

Create poems to describe ideas. Using the Nth, Mth… letter of each page, create secret messages…

像写诗一样,把灵感的描述组织起来。设置一些秘密的符号,标注自己的笔记。

Do chair-based exercises and stretches (very important for

Health).

做一些办公室内的伸展运动(有点像闻鸡起舞

Washing dishes

洗碗

How can I design a self washing dish? How would I automate this? What if I could read water molecules’ memories?

怎么设计一个自清洁的碟子呢? 怎么实现自动化洗碗?要是我能够读取水的记忆,我可以做点什么呢?

An opportunity to do calf and balance exercises!

锻炼小腿肌肉或者来个平衡练习

“Curiosity, like coffee, is an acquired need. Just a titillation, at the begin- ning, it becomes with training a raging passionNicholas S. Thompson 

大致意思:好奇心和咖啡一样,是可以习得和锻炼的品质。起初,只是令人愉悦的小刺激。当你通过训练大脑适应这种“引子”时,会演变成一种激情澎湃的感觉。(说白了,“幻想”的威力)

Imagine your robot zooming ahead to victory, AND the satisfaction you will get knowing that you engineered every aspect of your machine. You used physics to catalyze the creation of creative concepts, and your machine performed as predicted. It was built on time and on-budget! You now have the capabilities and the confidence to conquer any task. You see yourself leading the Mars Lander design team… Now, start thinking of strategies to win! 

想想下你的机器人越来越靠近胜利,包括每个工程细节都完美实现的满足感。你用物理定律完美的优化了你的方案,你的机器人表现一如你所期望。成本和时间,都刚好满足要求。你拥有了征服任何问题的能力,你已经迫不及待地想带领火星登陆器团队实现梦想了…好了,YY结束,现在开始想想怎么赢得比赛吧。


1. Great insightful books about passionate designers include: Robert A. Lutz, Guts, John Wiley & Sons, New York; Ben Rich, Skunkworks




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