Process vs Product

I love to create things, I have this drive to make something. It gets quite overwhelming sometimes. The outcome is usually pleasing and something that I enjoy, but I think the process is my favorite part. Although, I sometimes have difficulties completing a product/project/outcome. My girlfriend and I talk about this all the time. I experience it when I’m at my job, programming and when I’m in my (makeshift) studio. It’s an almost daily thing.

I enjoy the process the most. I love seeing something come together. I love adding lines to a painting and watching it come together. I love soldering electronics and breadboarding, adding components one by one. Watching a program complete is fun too, debugging it and adding fixes until it is usable. I like to step back and get a look at what’s going on, get an appreciation of what parts have been added or removed. The process is an art form along with the rest of the creation, tools and all.

The product is great too. It shows that you’ve completed a process to give the world something you are proud of. It’s something you have to show for all of your effort. I usually don’t give much thought to the product and I have a hard time finishing things. That’s probably because I enjoy the process so much. But I think it is good to finish projects because it allows you to give something to others, let them have an enjoyable experience. Experiencing a product can be just as rewarding as making one.

I feel I could write essays and books on how important it is to step back and take in the process. It’s a euphoria, it is rewarding, it is indescribable. Most of all, it is entirely individual, which is another thing that I hold on a pedestal (that will have to be another post though :)). Every process is unique, even if you’re using the same template for an origami crane over and over again. Making each crane is going to be different. It may take you 5 seconds to do one fold for one crane, and the next crane may take 4.37 seconds to complete that same fold.

The process is passion, just as the product is. I think you need to have both in equal potions (which means I need to get to work on finishing stuff!)

Love the process, it makes the product that much more special and rewarding. Respecting the process increases the respect factor of the product (I believe I could make an equation, something exponential).

Now GET BACK TO WORK!!!!!!

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