Looking Back on Portable presents Brooks Atwood

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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
There’s about a hundred different things we would attempt to do, but once you start to eliminate things like riding a saber-tooth river dolphin across the ocean to break world records or crafting the world’s finest hover bike, you start to realize that there’s more to the question.

Brooks Atwood is one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in American design and industrial design culture. As part of Portable’s exclusive talk at The Edge Auditorium, Brooks spoke enthusiastically about his practice, being a ‘creative genius,’ but what spoke to me was his good design advice, “Fail like a rock star.” Be yourself, attack life on all fronts, fight for your own ideas, fail like a rock star (and never forget to be sexy).

At the end of the talk, we were left inspired, motivated, and fully energized. Reflecting on  what I would attempt to do if I knew I could not fail, I pledged to make more sh*t happen and inspire others to do so as well. And by sh*t happening, I mean being proactive, being involved in the community, showing support for causes that I believe in, collaborating with others in new projects and not allowing procrastination, doubt, or indecision to stop me in doing so.