Tim Friede has been getting bit by snakes for 20 years to become immune to all of them and develop a universal antivenin. He’s given up pretty much everything else in his life: jobs, marriage, and family.
He reminds me of a Hot Couch Guy.
But unlike every other Hot Couch Guy, he took his useless obsession all the way. Until it overflowed and became (potentially) useful.
I can’t help but admire him and Gary Greff, the creator of the Enchanted Highway near Regent, North Dakota.
Friede doesn’t seem to have any skills beyond this, and his life before self-immunizing sounds just plain sad. He was a window washer all the way till he was 30. Greff was nothing special before the highway. Neither am I.
But both of them were willing to dive in to strange things with far more dedication than I devote to normal ones. Greff even says
See what one man, never laid a bead of weld in his life, never took an art class, if one man can do this, it’s proof that you, you can do whatever you set your mind to.
What does that say about me?