All Hail Insecurity
elan gale

Years ago, as young men, a long term client of mine and I, an architect, agreed we were both Great Impostors. He was the impostor not really knowing what he needed in a medical facility on the user side. I was the impostor on the design side saying, “Oh, sure we can design a Gamma knife room!” Then, heading back to the office to figure out and research what a Gamma knife was. Every building we worked on was version 1.0, essentially a Beta with no two alike, that had to be functional for 20–50-?? years into the future. I always started with insecurity, but I had to hide it and engender Trust and Faith in my clients that I could do the project or I’d never get work, so I became the Great Insecure Impostor projecting security. I generally was successful. Insecurity created my success as I delved deeply into every aspect I needed to know to make a successful and functional surgery center or hospital. I see facilities I worked on in the 1980s still being used for their original and technically-upgraded functions. I’ve got to admit I’ve seen a few buildings from the 70s torn down and replaced. Insecurity and a little luck and a lot of hard work fueled by insecurity helped me all the way. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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