My parents were not geeks, though my mother taught me to always allow myself to explore things rather than ask permission for everything, and never be afraid of breaking things or screwing it up. She taught me to enjoy doing geeky things, which led to my career choice.
Dad was very strict when I was a kid, because I was always opening up TVs and radios to check inside, leaving a trail of blown up stuff around the house. On the other hand, we used to spend a lot of time fixing the car on weekends, and I'd help him replacing spark plugs, wires or cleaning stuff. Years later, he would slowly allow me to fix other things like the house's mains wiring, install the car and house alarms, or open up the car dashboard to replace bulbs, etc. He always believed in me, and tought me that I can build confidence in others by knowing well what I was doing.
This was key in my career, Ended up designing complex electronic devices for medical centers, and managing the bulk of the manufaturing process remotely. Building confidence and trust among clients and suppliers, has been the oil of the gearbox in my daily work.
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