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Shawn's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

SHAWN LANI

Senior Exhibit Developer
Exploratorium

“I know when the wind drops and the sails aren't going, it's scary. Is the wind ever going to blow again? When it does, you haul it in.”

INTERESTS:

Design Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Fear Passion Focus Beliefs & Faith Perseverance

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Challenging Myself

TAGS:

anxiety, art history, crazy, crazy obsession, creating, english, experimenting, finishing things, ideas, making mistakes, meandering, mistakes, music, obsession, piano, pushing yourself, safety, the unknown, trying new things, working in an office

BIOGRAPHY:

  • While he was in college at UC Davis, he spent a lot of time "dabbling."
  • He had an interest in music-he'd play piano at a bar-and he majored in English and art history, but nothing was jumping out at him.
  • While working a retail job selling shoes in San Francisco, he realized he was miserable, and had to jump start his life.
  • Says that while his career wasn't "dashing off," he was still getting better on a personal level.
  • Thinks he needed those frustrating jobs to propel him forward and fuel him in his quest to find his passion.
  • He started examining his interests: knew he liked exploring an object or a place, and trying to solve its little mysteries and unknowns.
  • That's what drew him to the Exploratorium-it's different than "those old, venerable museums" because it's constantly rebuilding itself.
  • Says it's easy to get tangled up in little things and leave projects unfinished, but success for him has always meant completing a mission and doing it with passion.

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