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Making Makers by AnnMarie Thomas

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Chapter 4. Risk

Makers are willing to take on risk.

They aren’t afraid to try things that haven’t been done before.

Explosions came up often in makers’ descriptions of their childhoods. I heard stories about things that were exploded, lighted, or blasted in a wide variety of ways. Looking back on this as adults, many of those who were young fire and explosives enthusiasts admit that they are shocked that they were allowed to do the things that they did. One interviewee, who had a long list of fiery exploits in his childhood, told me that “I wanted to talk to [my parents] before talking to you to find out what the hell they were thinking.”

I will admit that I had a hard time deciding whether to share these stories as I found myself realizing how close ...

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