Lachlan was fuelled by passion. When he started talking about 90 Day House, his eyes lit up.
"When the lawyer doesn't get back to me, I feel the agony," Lachlan stared into the distance, "I definitely need legal advice." Lachlan knows what he wants, and he wants it to happen ASAP. Friends around him, including me, get inspired by his confidence.
His confidence comes from the fact that he built a house for his mom and himself in the backyard from the ground up. He calls is the 90 Day House, but it actually took him 40 days while working full time. He knows that if he can learn to build one himself, and others can too. The best way to know what we can do is to do it.
Instead of attending uni, Lachlan created his own education program, which reminds me of Richard Branson. By traveling around the world, learning different ideas from people, helping and receiving help, he constantly grows. Like a sponge, he learnt using Gantt chart and risk analysis to properly manage the project. These are things taught in a graduate level project management course. And he turned 21 this year. On his wall, he has a list of 28 human emotional biases. One of them is curiosity, and I asked him what it means. "For example, a friend of mine says you suck…" I tilted my head and arched my eyebrow immediately before I consciously realised it. I wanted to know more.
With a growing fan base, Lachlan is keen on innovating some of the communication process, partially inspired by 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and by a hilarious article about a guy automating all of his workflow.
"I want to build a city with 3D printing. With technology matures, the building industry will be disrupted. And our buildings suck," Lachlan said. By teaching young people how to build a house themselves, Lachlan wants to solve the housing crisis, empower young people to pursue their passion, and eventually transform our cities.
Lachlan will run a crowd funding campaign for the project, and he has a few concerns: 1. He has been focusing on he product and hasn't been focusing on talking to people. 2. He wants the instruction videos and manuals to be so understandable that building houses becomes as easy as building IKEA furnitures.
Historically, people with vision suffer from the chronic reality check. Alexander the Great stopped in India before his troops conquered the world, Steve Jobs stepped down from Apple CEO before he could personally take iPad to the market , and Lachlan needed to scale down his house from two-story to one-story in order to be more feasible. "Eventually the house will be two-story with a full bathroom."
In the garden, there is an unfinished chess game. "I love chess," Lachlan said. I look forward to seeing his next move, and how the entire future of 90 Day House unfolds.