TJ's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Detroit, MI

TJ MCCUE

Writer
Forbes.com

“Think about your own thing. Think about the thing that you love, and make that into a life and a business.”

INTERESTS:

Design Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Determination Passion Desire Fulfillment Regrets Perseverance Focus Hard Work Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

achievement, business, cancer, career, connection, design, determination, entrepreneurship, love, military, networking, positive, sales, small projects, surrender

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He had cancer as a child and was told he'd never be able to do certain things, like get insurance or play sports.
  • Spent a lot of time between the ages of six and 12 in the hospital, but says it made him a fighter.
  • Tried to join the military service and was denied; he was sick of being told "no" so he fought back.
  • His case went all the way to the Surgeon General of the United States, and he was ultimately let into the military.
  • Says that ultimately, his experience with cancer gave him a new outlook on life, and a fiercely can-do attitude.
  • He wanted to bring his enthusiasm for technology and 3D printing to as many people as possible, so he came up with the idea of 3DRV.
  • Autodesk sponsored him to go out on the road in a huge blue RV and educate Americans on the cool possibilities of 3D printing.
  • Says he sees too many people get to a difficult place and give up on a life that they love; his life is proof that you should never give up.

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