How Racing Made Me a Better Architect

At a recent marketing conference, I confirmed something I always knew about myself. My number one personality trait is the need for competition, the second most dominate trait is the need for knowledge. That explains everything. I love competition. For example, when our kids were growing up, building gingerbread houses wasn’t just a Christmas tradition. It became a competition of who can make the tallest, most inventive, or most architecturally significant graham cracker structure with the most candy per square inch. The need for knowledge is addictive. I love to know how things work or see how they’re made. That certainly explains the various symposiums and other such events I attend in an attempt to gain even more knowledge to make me a better architect and builder. Both of these traits have become a passion for me. I have channeled my need for competition into a “need for speed”. Those that know me are aware that I race cars as a hobby, specifically a Formula Vee in road racing competition with the Sports Car Club of America. This is competitive, wheel to wheel racing, with the reward a simple trophy, if all goes well. Racing can be intense and requires one to be intensively focused.

The need for knowledge is addictive. I love to know how things work or see how they’re made. That certainly explains the various symposiums and other such events I attend in an attempt to gain even more knowledge to make me a better architect and builder. Both of these traits have become a passion for me. I have channeled my need for competition into a “need for speed”. Those that know me are aware that I race cars as a hobby, specifically a Formula Vee in road racing competition with the Sports Car Club of America. This is competitive, wheel to wheel racing, with the reward a simple trophy, if all goes well. Racing can be intense and requires one to be intensively focused on being successful. This passion for auto racing tends to drive everything else I do in life. In many ways, it makes no sense but has brought me friends from all across the country and memories that will last forever.

So what is your passion? Have you taken a look inside yourself to examine your personality traits and what drives you? As you get older, you realize that indeed life is short. So follow your passion and have few regrets.

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