As a small child I dreamed of becoming a Handyman (”Fixare” in Swedish). My older sister still claim’s I want to be a radio-controlled car when I grow up.
If you read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell you’ll have an idea of where I’m heading with this. My interest since a child of figuring out how machines work and to repair them might be the reason I eventually became an inventor.
Being the youngest child with two evil siblings forced me to become innovative as well. What I find peculiar is that none of my ideas have anything to do with my profession as an illustrator.