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One of the most important revelations that I had while working in the library came to me at a very difficult moment. The Mk1 was done and the MK2 was well under way. Their levels of performance were not impressive. The Mk1 could travel 1 inch under its own power and the Mk2 could cover 4 inches. Although this was a 400% improvement, I really started to felt silly about the whole thing. I started to wonder wondered if I'd ever realize my goals or if I'd be too embarrassed to tell anyone about my little project. Then I realized... I was doing an amazing thing for myself just by giving myself a protected space to work in. This protected space was accepting of tiny incremental improvements. It was a place where I could work out my problems, no matter how pathetic they seemed. I was confidant that major improvements could grow out of exploring simple, unimpressive activities once all of the rough edges were polished. Tiny little lessons would add up to an eventual success, but only if the seedling of inspiration had a safe place to grow for a while. This is the protected space that I want to make available to other people. I want to tell all of them that it is ok to try. It is ok to indulge in long-shots. At times like this, I think of my friend Bob Ross, the painter. He always spoke of believing and making happy little mistakes while painting happy little trees. He would create an amazing protected space for exploration, just by saying that it was ok to do so. That is an amazing amount of kind and gentle power. The kind of power that we all more of in our lives.