Kieran Klaassen

I'm Kieran, a creator and engineer, composer and baker. I craft with love, creating code to croissants. My journey is one of curiosity and discovery, guided by a simple vision: to inspire and be true to myself.

Building Software We Love

As a lifelong builder of companies and products, I’ve embarked on a quest to understand the essence of what makes software development truly fulfilling. Through the trials and triumphs of this journey, a profound realization has emerged: the key to unlocking boundless energy and joy in our coding endeavors lies in building software that we ourselves love.

The Paradox of Building for Others

In the realm of software development, we often find ourselves creating products for others, pouring our time and energy into understanding and meeting their needs. While this is a noble pursuit, it can sometimes leave us feeling disconnected from the very essence of our creations.

This paradox led me to ponder: What if we approached software development not just as a means to serve others, but as an opportunity to explore and express our own passions and desires?

Building for Yourself

When we shift our perspective and begin building software that aligns with our own needs and aspirations, something remarkable happens. The act of creation becomes an extension of our very being, a meditation in code that allows us to tap into a deep well of intrinsic motivation.

This alignment between the software we build and our own desires has a profound impact on the development process. Suddenly, the challenges that once seemed daunting become opportunities for growth and self-discovery. The friction that often accompanies building for others melts away, replaced by a sense of flow and ease.

The Ripple Effect of Authentic Creation

But the benefits of building software we love extend far beyond our own personal satisfaction. When we create from a place of authenticity and passion, the resulting products have a unique quality that resonates with others.

By pouring our own experiences, insights, and aspirations into our software, we imbue it with a depth and richness that cannot be achieved through mere technical proficiency alone. Our creations become not just tools, but expressions of our unique perspectives and values, inviting others to share in our vision.

The Philosophy of Self-Actualization

At its core, the act of building software we love is a manifestation of the philosophy of self-actualization. By aligning our creative endeavors with our own passions and values, we embark on a path of personal growth and fulfillment.

This alignment allows us to tap into what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow” – a state of optimal experience characterized by complete absorption in the task at hand. When we build software that resonates with our own desires, we enter this state more readily, unlocking a sense of effortless productivity and joy.

Building Software We Love

In the end, the zen of building software we love is about more than just creating better products. It’s about embarking on a journey of self-discovery, using our skills and passions to craft something that is uniquely our own.

So as you approach your next software project, I invite you to pause and reflect: What would it look like to build something that truly sets your soul on fire? What desires and aspirations can you pour into your code?

By embracing the philosophy of building for yourself, you open the door to a new realm of possibility – one where the act of creation becomes a meditation, a dance between your innermost desires and the digital canvas before you.

I encourage you to share your own experiences and insights on this transformative approach. Together, let us explore the depths of what it means to build software not just as a means to an end, but as a profound expression of our very being.