"I don't really celebrate the wins. I don't sulk over the negative. I just keep it moving'" - Drake
Well. This is the coolest feeling. What began as an idea and months of sleepless nights, obsession, passion, coding, building, thinking, learning, and exploring is no longer just an idea. It's real. And every other item on that list is just as present now as when I set out, if not more.
I will continue pouring every ounce of energy I had been previously using in pursuit of my Olympic goal into coding, building, and fine tuning the Bodbox's software and hardware until I am 100% confident that it will alter the way you live your life and help you level up while feeling great in the process. Forgetting to eat and sleep because of this idea made clear to me it won't stop there either.
You deserve to know how great you are and the robot knows how to get you there. I am not celebrating or looking to be inspirational at this point but rather am cognizant that this is only the first minuscule step on a relentless and perfection seeking path upon which the company has embarked (1:11 AM here in Berkeley and back to coding after this email gets out).
At the risk of sounding like Liam Neeson, the skills necessary to make this impact (in the right way) have been in development in some form for more than 16 years and were especially honed by the ideas I've built over the past 6 years, from ultra targeted Facebook ads in aggressively selling Trump and Hillary coffee (Caffeine2016), to video and content creation for The Magic of Miracles nonprofit I started in high school, to the technical skills and focus harnessed by competing on a global and collegiate stage in the pool while building Mentagrate, and studying full time. Not to mention the life changing mentors I've been blessed by so far.
Believe me, obsessing for days over the flow of a video clip highlighting our magic visit to the cancer patients of NIH to hopefully attract the funds needed to leave these dying kids with magic kits to practice goes unnoticed (or at least relatively unengaged) when an attractive friend changes their Facebook profile picture. Finally understanding that I was driven to put in so much time on all these crazy and often ignored or misunderstood projects so that I could have a much larger impact here is a pretty surreal feeling. It's incredibly freeing.
But it's not about me. That's not why this project was a success on our initial, personal network scale. It's about the person I hope to inspire in some small way by pursuing this relentlessly. It's about you. Or your friend. Or someone I emailed or messaged on Facebook. Or someone who heard about what I was going after and spent a few minutes on our website. Or someone who reached out or reconnected looking to actually help. Or someone who stumbles upon this kickstarter update years after we've had a meaningful impact.
What really matters to me is that they, or you, or a young kid I've never met sees what I'm doing and our openness, even at the earliest stage. And when they follow along and observe how swiftly progress was made, how deeply lives were impacted, and how honestly and relentlessly I pursued the dream I had seen, their mind glimmers with just a little more hope than they knew before. Maybe because of that brief injection of belief they'd even feel they were more capable and more talented than society might have led them to initially believe.
That young kid, probably wearing glasses, likely hidden behind books in elementary school or skipping out on high school parties to try and finish building a custom linux operating system was me. For years it was people like you, the early adopters, or the relentless creators and entrepreneurs who were filled to the brim with passion that gave me the courage to create a reality through my own lens.
Many of these everyday people, friends, celebrities, and creators might never know how observing their (and your) incredible talents from afar taught me that I could accomplish exactly what I wanted. Having this impact, showing (not telling) people that they can control their own truth in a world of doubt, lies, and naysayers is the only thing I care about. In a metaphorical sense, this is the impact the Bodbox will have on your physicality. It gives you control over your body and performance by way of an ultra smart, machine learning trainer.
This kickstarter is a microcosm of the impact the Bodbox is building but feeling that impact already exercised through some of you, or via messages on Facebook, or through calls from old friends who I hadn't talked to for years drives my excitement. To hear them explain how the energy of this idea inspired them to change their lives for the better was the only thing I ever needed and I'm completely addicted - that uncovering of truth will continue to grow stronger and more diverse in the continued development of the Bodbox.
When you have the chance to feel this, it's funny how the things most people want become completely meaningless and secondary - money, possessions, status - I believe none of these can bring the same gratification as creating something truthful and real from an idea that others don't initially understand. Witnessing those exact same people grow excited as they hold that idea in tangible form on their palm and realize it's potential benefit is a feeling that would require volumes to capture. But, instead of writing a book I'll end with this quote:
"Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat."
Chuck + The Robot
P.S. As soon as our funds are delivered from kickstarter shirts will begin shipping and we'll continue to keep you involved and updated on the progress of the smartest trainer you'll ever meet (as well as other perks). To those I promised, I'll also be sending some cool and fun behind the scenes stuff as well as magic videos that I was too hesitant to share before I went off the deep end and started swimming with robots ;)