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Dream Jobs 09: Special Report

What’s the difference between a good job and a dream job?

That’s not to say that a dream job can’t fall into your lap: Philippe Lauper was asked to oversee the building of a solar-powered plane that will circle the globe.

Everyone expected Kunio Koike to follow a traditional career at a big automaker, but he found his calling creating exquisite timepieces for Seiko.

Convinced that robots could play a vital role at disaster sites, Robin Murphy helped launch a new discipline in robotics.

When Erlundur Thorsteinsson left a so-so job in IT to join one of the hottest online game companies, he discovered a whole new universe—literally.

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How I Got My Job as a LegoDesigner

Growing up in the Danish countryside, in the wild west of Jutland, I had no idea that I’d end up pursuing a calling in robotics engineering and development at Lego.

I currently work with Lego Mindstorms, a programmable robotics construction kit that enables kids of all ages to make their own robots out of Lego.

I would follow the instructions for a model once just after I got them, but they would quickly be destroyed and turned into something else in combination with my other Lego toys.

Even though I really enjoyed my Lego City sets, there was a need for something more, and that need was satisfied with the Lego Technic sets — the axles, the gears, the pneumatics, and last but not least, the motors.

She gave me a response that the has regretted so many times, she told me that I was allowed to climb upwards as long as I was sure that I could climb back down.

Along with the set came a big cardboard card with the barcodes that represented instructions that would be executed in the order they where scanned.

I found a friend at the school that had the same passion for programmable Lego, and together we spent some of our weekends creating Lego robots and machines.

After high school I was sure that I wanted some work experience before I started studying engineering, so I enrolled in a four year Automation Technician program, working in industrial automation with machines and robots.

I’ve always found the best way for me to understand the theories and methods is to play with them and experiment, as I’ve never been good at reading thick theory books.

was lucky enough that my Lego friend from back in high school also studied at Aalborg university, so we reunited and started creating amazing stuff with the Lego Mindstorms.

This event opened our eyes to a whole new world, a world with others like ourselves, who had a passion for robotics and used Lego to bring their ideas to life.

We both got included in a group called MCP (Mindstorms Community Partner), which is a group of selected adult Mindstorms users that discuss the product and its future with developers at Lego.

Through this program, we also got the chance to be supported by Lego on our projects, so if we had a good idea, we could ask Lego for the pieces we needed and they would then send us everything, if they found the idea interesting.

In the closed forum we got access to pictures and videos of early prototypes and we were discussing different aspects of the product during the development.

In this period of my life, the Lego sponsorship took my friend and me around the world with other enthusiasts to showcase our creations and inspire others.

Those are flying Lego models that use helium balloons as the main source of lift and have propellers that enable control of lift, propulsion, and steering.

I really can’t describe the feeling I had that day when I sat down at my own desk inside Lego headquarters, knowing that I was going to be a big part of the team that created a new version of the product that had helped me throughout my whole life up to this point.

Even better, it turned out that my manager was one of the creators of the Lego set that kickstarted my interest in robots, the 8479 that I mentioned earlier.

This would be models created by fans but posted on the official Lego website and promoted by Lego as extra models that could be built with the new Mindstorms EV3 set.

The biggest challenge was to build this mechanism using the limited parts that came with the set, but after a lot of trial and error, I managed to make it work.

My internship eventually ended and I had to go back to the university for my final exams, but I got a part time job at Lego so that I could continue the work I had started there during my internship.

My work in computer engineering on Lego Mindstorms involves working with our existing product, the Mindstorms EV3, but also peeking into the crystal ball, thinking about creating the toys and tools, that will inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Up on Your Dream By Lori Deschene “Commitment in the face of conflict produces character.” ~Unknown We all face obstacles in pursuing our goals, whether they’re professional or personal. We think we’re on the right track but realize we’ve chosen the wrong approach. We’re enthusiastic and hard-working, but our support system disintegrates when we need them the most. We’re just about to make significant progress when we run out of time or funding. Tenacious as we may be, we all have our breaking points—that moment when the potential rewards stop justifying the effort. Usually, that’s the hump that separates your best shot and your best reality. Before you throw in the towel and go back to something safe and far less taxing, ask yourself the following questions: 1. Why did you want to pursue this goal to begin with, and has anything changed? You had a good reason for committing to this plan. Maybe you visualized a financially free future once you started this new business, or you realized you’d live longer and healthier if you lost forty pounds. Odds are, you still want those things as much as you did before; you just stopped believing you could have them because your attempts have yet to yield results. Now you have to ask yourself: If you push through the discomfort, will it be worth it in the end? 2. Have you been operating with too much information? With so much information at our fingertips on the good ole World Wide Web, it’s easy to overwhelm yourself with more knowledge than you can apply. You read e-books and blogs, participate in teleconferences and coaching sessions, and join user forums to talk about getting things done. One of two things happen as a result: You spend more time planning to act than acting, or you devote minimal energy to multiple plans instead of committing to one solid approach. Instead of drowning in all the data, why not narrow it down and start again from a less overwhelming space? 3. Did you set a smart goal? SMART goals are: Specific—you know exactly what your world will look like when you achieve this goal. Measurable—you have a specific plan to mark your progress as you go. Attainable—you have the attitude and aptitude to make your goal reality. Realistic—you’re willing and able to do the required work. Time-bound—you’ve set a concrete timeframe for completion to create a sense of urgency. If you didn’t set a SMART goal, you may have set yourself up for failure. How can you possibly make something happen if you don’t know exactly what you want, or didn’t really believe you could do it? Are you really willing to walk away when you didn’t give yourself every opportunity to succeed? 4. What’s the worst that will happen if you keep going and don’t reach your goal? Often when I want to turn around it’s because I’m afraid of failing—afraid other people will be disappointed in me or judge me, or afraid I’ll have wasted my time. In all reality, no one ever judges us like we judge ourselves, and we always grow and learn through the process of striving, regardless of what we attain. If you don’t keep going, you’ll never know how far you could have gone and you’ll miss out on being the person you’d become through the effort itself. If you do keep going, well, it’s like this quote: “Shoot for the moon, for even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” 5. Are you afraid of succeeding? One of my biggest problems is that I don’t like responsibility. There are many things I’d like to do, but I resist because I don’t want the power to impact, hurt, or disappoint other people. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have dreams. It’s just that I’m just scared of what achieving them will entail. If you can relate to this feeling, perhaps you’ll respond well to the mantra I’ve been repeating: Great power comes with great responsibility, but it also brings great rewards. If you play it safe you won’t hurt or disappoint anyone, but you also won’t help or inspire anyone. And equally important, you won’t help or inspire yourself. 6. Are you acting on impulse or emotion instead of thinking things through? Sometimes our emotions give us hints about what we want and what we should do, but other times they’re just responses to stress, and maybe even indications we’re on the right track. If you act in that moment of intense emotion—be it anger, fear, or frustration—you may regret it once the wave has passed. So sit back. Take note of what you’re feeling. Feel it fully, without judging it or yourself. Then act when you’ve gotten to the other side. At least then you’ll know you made your decision in a moment of peace and clarity. 7. Would you enjoy giving a loved one the honest explanation for why you gave up? And I mean honest. Would you like telling your daughter, “I stopped trying to quit smoking because cigarettes are more important to me than having more golden years to spend with you?” Would it be fun to tell your mother “I decided not to go to school because I’d rather spend all my time with my boyfriend of three months than prepare for a career that will ensure I won’t end up jobless and homeless?” If you lay it out like this, odds are you’ll realize you had a really good reason for doing this difficult thing, and no matter how challenging the process is, it’s worth plowing ahead. 8. Would your life be better if you gave up on this goal? This may not sound motivational, but sometimes giving up is actually good thing. Perhaps you set a completely unrealistic goal and the pursuit of it is filling you with a constant sense of inadequacy and anxiety. Or maybe the goal isn’t in your or your family’s best interest, and it’s better to get out before you invest so much time it’s near impossible to walk away. You could easily use this as a justification to delude yourself, so think about it carefully. Is this goal really a good thing, when you weigh all the consequences of its fulfillment? 9. How much have you already put in? A concept studied in social psychology called “the sunk cost principle” indicates the more we’ve invested in something, the less likely we are to prematurely walk away. How invested are you? How much money and time have you devoted? How many sacrifices have you made? Are you really willing to chalk it all up as a loss because you’re not feeling confident in your abilities? 10. What would you tell someone else if they were in your shoes? Would you tell your best friend to throw in the towel because she can’t possibly reach her goal? Or would you practice your finest motivational speech and help her see what you see in her potential? Unless you’re secretly a frenemy who hopes she fails in life, odds are you’d push her to be her best—so why not push yourself? It may sound kind of cheesy, but you need to be your own best friend. You, more than anyone in this world, deserve your belief and motivation. If you’ve gone through all these questions and still feel resolute about the decision to give up, you have my blessing to abandon your goal. (Bet you feel so relieved!) If you don’t—if there’s some lingering doubt—keep working toward that dream that fills you with passion. Take a different approach if you need to. Enlist new assistance. Scale back your time commitment to something you can more easily maintain. But whatever you do, don’t give yourself a reason to one day utter the words, “I quit because I was scared.” Silhouette of man sitting image via Shutterstock About Lori DescheneLori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook Instagram..Web | Twitter | Facebook | More Posts jQuery("p").has("img.aligncenter").css({textAlign: "center"}); See a typo, an inaccuracy, or something offensive? Please contact us so we can fix it! Did you enjoy this post? Please share the wisdom :)

My degrees come from an elite private and college/university which has traditionally been a ticket for work in the higher strata of government.

In fact I was more than happy to work for a municipality or county level working with analysis/investigation within my field.

I thought a small house in a middle class area, a average paid white color government job, a working car and maybe some children was not to unrealistic for someone with my social and educational background.

job I had was a part-time gig and full-time summer job as office assistant (ordering office material, copy, ordering flight tickets, helping reorganized the library and stuff like that) at a government institution working with something way outside my field.

They had negotiated an insane deal with the union that employees salaries was not only based on what they actually worked with but the level of their education.

In normal cases they wouldn’t have hired me in the first place but at the time I was hired they had a case full of tax-dollars.

The higher management was keen to increase the educational background of their employees to please politicians and nurture their government careers so having me doing a job which a high school dropout could perform.

Under the past year they hired a large amount of P.HD graduates and people with very long experiences for entry-level analysts/investigator positions.

(require high school diploma), the second line is councilors (require associate degrees) and third line is investigators (require college degrees).

I learned that it is virtually impossible to be hired as such position because of the unemployment level among college graduates the last years.

At least half of us attending for this interview held graduate (MA or P.HD) or professional degrees a bunch had also extensive highly qualified experience at rather impressive government and private institutions.

We were later informed that they had to retake the hiring process because they couldn’t find twenty good candidates among those 60 they had called to a last interview.

Often a person with a college degree doing menial work will perform worse because he takes no pride and happiness in it.

When employers meet highly educated people (this particular institution even had a rather difficult test to get rid of a bunch of college graduates which explains why the sample looked like it did) none of the parts know how to interact.

When you have a college or graduate degree in something which is not in highly demand on the market place you will have hard time finding a job and I mean any job.

Those whom I know which has been lucky enough to be employed getting married, buying a house, do a career, having children and live the life I will never be able to reach.

The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics

Editor’s Note (7/29/16): An earlier version of this story contained several biographical inaccuracies and did not give Jim Papadopoulos a chance to respond to the comment about his ability to finish things.

They have sought to inject a new level of science into the $50-billion global cycling industry, one that has relied more on intuition and experience than on hard mathematics.

perhaps helping designers to create a new generation of pedal and electric bikes that are more stable and safer to ride.

“The study of bicycles is interesting from a purely intellectual point of view, but it also has practical implications because of their ability to get people around.”

William Rankine, a Scottish engineer who had analysed the steam engine, was the first to remark, in 1869, on the phenomenon of 'countersteering', whereby the rider can steer to the left only by first briefly torquing the handlebars to the right, allowing the bike to fall into a leftward lean.

The link between leaning and steering gives rise to the bicycle's most curious feature: the way that it can balance while coasting on its own.

In 1899, English mathematician Francis Whipple derived one of the earliest and most enduring mathematical models of a bicycle, which could be used to explore this self-stability.

In 1910, relying on such an analysis, the mathematicians Felix Klein and Fritz Noether along with the theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld focused on the contribution of the gyroscopic effect —

Push a bicycle over to the left and the rapidly spinning front wheel will turn left, potentially keeping the bicycle upright.

In April 1970, chemist and popular-science writer David Jones demolished this theory in an article forPhysics Todayin which he described riding a series of theoretically unrideable bikes.

He compared a bike's front wheel to the casters on a shopping trolley, which turn to follow the direction of motion.

A bicycle's front wheel can act as a caster because the point at which the wheel contacts the ground typically sits anywhere from 5 centimetres to 10 centimetres behind the steering axis (see'What keeps a riderless bike upright?').

Jones discovered that a bike with too much trail was so stable that it was awkward to ride, whereas one with negative trail was a death trap and would send you tumbling the moment you released the handlebars.

When a bicycle starts to topple, he concluded, the caster effect steers the front end back under the falling weight, keeping the bicycle upright.

But Michael Papadopoulos was denied tenure after protesting against the Vietnam War, setting off a decade-long legal battle with the university that left him out of a job and the family scouring rubbish bins for scraps.

Papadopoulos returned to Oregon in 1975, spent a year at the state university and then started undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.

The equations were the first step towards connecting the geometry of a bicycle frame with how it handled, but each new model made little or no reference to earlier work, many were riddled with errors and they were difficult to compare.

The earliest frame builders had simply stumbled on a design that felt OK, and had been riding around in circles in that nook of the bicycle universe.

In his spare time, he founded and moderated the Hardcore Bicycle Science e-mail list for bicycle-science nerds and helped to build a car that fitted into a few suitcases for the reality television showJunkyard Wars.

If bicycles could demonstrate such elegant stability without a control system, he reasoned, it might be possible to design a stripped-down walking machine that achieves the same thing.

In 1998, he worked with Martijn Wisse, a graduate student of Schwab's at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, to build a bipedal machine that could walk down a slight incline with no motor at all,storing energy in its swinging arms.

With more bicycles on the road than ever before, Schwab found it inconceivable that no one had published the correct set of bike equations, or applied it to bicycle design challenges.

Looking like the offspring of a razor scooter and a see-saw, it had a weight angled out in front of the front wheel and a counter-turning wheel to cancel out gyroscopic effects.

Yet, after waiting for three decades for his discoveries to reach a wider audience, Papadopoulos can't help but feel deflated.

One of the organizers of this year's conference, engineer Jason Moore of the University of California, Davis, has sought to probe the link between a bicycle frame's geometry and an objective measure of handling —

Moore created a model of human control by performing various manoeuvres on bikes kitted out with sensors to monitor his steering, lean and speed.

To force himself to balance and ride using steering movements alone (rather than shifting his weight), he had to don a rigid upper-body harness that bound him to the bike.

The research confirmed the long-standing assumption that more stable bikes handle better, and potentially gives frame builders a tool to optimize their designs.

(One of his earlier handling experiments had him regaining his balance after a sideways blow from a wooden stick.) Unlike many other riderless-bike robots, it does not use internal gyroscopes to stay upright, but depends on steering alone.

Schwab's other projects include a 'steer by wire' bike, which allows him to separate steering movements from balancing ones, and a 'steer assist' bicycle, which stabilizes itself at slow speeds.

He has also identified a rear-steered recumbent bike that shows self-stability, in part owing to an enlarged front wheel that boosts gyroscopic effects.

The chief advantage of a rear-steered recumbent is that it would have a shorter chain than standard recumbents, which should lead to better energy transfer.

Down in his basement, Papadopoulos opens the drawer of a tan filing cabinet and starts flipping through crinkled manila folders marked with labels such as 'tire pressure', 'biomechanics' and 'Cornell'.

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