We never knew it was impossible!

As regular readers may know, my current mid-career change strategy follows a multi-pronged approach, and includes roles from my professional past, such as school teaching.

It’s still very much a work-in-progress and I’m making things up as I go along, while trusting in the serendipity goddess to make an appearance from time to time 😉

This week I did some substitute teaching which included showing video #1 from the PBS series, Triumph of the Nerds. Although made in 1996, it’s still an amusingly watchable and fascinating story of the PC / microprocessor revolution.

Of course, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs feature prominently but other players such as Paul Allen and Steve Wozniak get honorable mentions.

Another gentleman’s story, Ed Roberts, kept me guessing as to the connection between the 1970s solution-in-search-of-a-problem personal computers he helped bring into being, and the BASIC interpreter software that Gates and Allen were busy sculpting. See Altair 8800 Microcomputer.

What struck me about Ed Roberts was that even though many other professionals at the time thought what they were doing wouldn’t work, he and his colleagues persevered. I think he said on video words to the effect of:

We kept going because we never knew it was impossible.

There were surely business reasons behind Ed’s desire to succeed but also a very personal wish to simply have a computer of his own (however impractical; see the wiki article!) to play with.

And that’s as good a working definition of do what you love (and the money might follow) as I’ve seen!