Builder/Artist/Surfer

The Inertia

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Buying things is easy.

The things that I really love in life are the things that I’ve made. Those are the things that I want to keep around and that I can’t get rid of. Like the IKEA sofa, I could buy it tomorrow and the next day decide I don’t really care about it. I don’t buy IKEA sofas, by the way. I build all of my own sofas and all of my own furniture.

I want to make as many things in my life as I possibly can.

I decided a while back that if I’m going to buy something, it’s something I really, truly want to live with. The building part of it is the adventure. In some ways, the building is more exciting and more dramatic than any place I would ever go in the car.

There are moments where you’re unsure of yourself and you’re thinking you’re going to fail. Generally, I find that those moments are actually really important, because that usually means that you’re kind of in uncharted territory.

If you are always really sure of yourself, you probably wouldn’t be doing anything new and you probably wouldn’t be challenging yourself.

And that’s very similar to, I imagine, someone who’s a rock climber or someone who’s a backcountry skier or someone who’s a big wave surfer. There’s always these, I’m sure, these moments of like, “I don’t know if I can do this. I’m scared. What if I die?”

It’s similar to when you’ve invested a lot of time into a camper and you’re building it and you’re wondering like, “Is this even going to work?”

There’s always a moment in every project where you step back and look at it and you think like, “Holy shit, I made that. I did this.” It’s incredibly gratifying.

If you’re interested in building your own pop-top camper or learning functional and sustainable design philosophy from a DIY icon, Jay Nelson’s 27-chapter course is a great place to start. The first 500 students save $50 with code JAYPOP50, so enroll now to start your journey. Jay’s course is solar-powered by Goal Zero.

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