There is something poetic about pursuing goals without letting the world in on the journey. It’s actually quite stoic. Think of learning to play the guitar every night for years. Alone in your room. One day you emerge with a skill that nobody knew you had. They’ll say, “I didn’t know you could play the guitar?”

I believe that pursuing a goal is a private matter. No explanation needed. But a pursuit of any kind is still a pursuit. And there are metaphysical properties that revolve around those who choose to embark on such a quest.

The lessons learned are valuable, whether you learn to play a guitar or decide you want to be a master hand balancer. These lessons bind us together, and teach us how to face a common foe: resistance.

This is the pièce de ré·sis·tance of Simple Machine. To document a journey. To reveal the lessons learned, the failures experienced and the progress made. To inspire and educate.

There are those who will find themselves reading Simple Machine because they share many of the same pursuits as myself. I expect that to be the case 9 times out of 10. But I also hope that this project will reach others who care not about the outcomes of my pursuits, but the journey of pursuit itself.

Jake Wiesler

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