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I've just returned to making stuff. A former tinkerer turned university student and I can't even make an electric project cause i'm worried i'll be a disgrace as an engineer. I tried fixing my tablet but ended up frying the PCB. Now i'm afraid i'm gonna blow something up. I'm also worried that what I make is something someone else made. So copyrights and what not. How did people deal with this fear? 

I also feel like I have no initiative i.e. not doing something the easier way and end up looking like a fool. Or do I just look into people's perception of me too much?

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crank_girl (author)2014-08-29

you need to enjoy the process. If you place too much emphasis on ending up with a finished product you won't enjoy the making.

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Toga_Dan (author)2014-08-29

In machine shops, it is common to make 10% more parts than were ordered. One does step 1 on all parts, then step 2 on all parts, and eventually get to the last step. Screwing up a few parts is expected. That's why the extra 10% at the start. The materials are typically cheap compared to one's time.

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DeandrasCrafts (author)2014-08-28

It's interesting you bring this up. I am a Civil Engineer who works in the Construction Industry as an Inspector and I could tell you 1000 and one ways that something can go wrong. I don't have this fear you mention at all and now I'm curious why.

All of my interests (hence instructables) come from my personal hobbies, with the exception of things I do for my children and without getting something wrong, there's no way to learn from it and teach my children how to learn from it. That's the perspective from a mom who knows the value of failure and learning what I can and cannot do. My 8-year old wanted to learn about making videos, something I was not expecting so I had to teach myself new software to put videos together, how to take good videos, find and add sound effects, etc., etc. Good topic and thanks for sharing your experience.

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Toga_Dan (author)2014-08-18

What is science?

screwing up, documenting the results, and publishing em.

Wait, or is that entertainment? or education? Maybe it's all 3.

Sorry about your tablet. I tend to work on cheaper, more robust things. I did, however, fry someone's mother board once when I plugged power into a data port. Who woulda thought the same plug would fit both??!! Anyway, now I know, and take more care in that area.

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Kiteman (author)2014-08-18

Meh, stuff breaks, life goes on. As long as you learn from mistakes (even if it's only "get my next tablet fixed by a pro"), you can move on to different creative challenges.

Me, I can't code for toffee, and my textile skills are poor (my knitting makes my wife cringe), and my soldering is just ugly.

None of that puts me off, I just workaround these shortcomings, or do something else altogether.

Try it.

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ebubeo (author)Kiteman2014-08-18

Thanks. That really helped a lot.

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Kiteman (author)ebubeo2014-08-18

*Strikes heroic pose*

Any time!

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