I hold a lot of respect for people who, despite the odds seemingly stacked against them, doggedly stick to their guns, ultimately, to succeed.

It takes a healthy sense of self-esteem, the willingness to go against the grain, the sense of urgency and, of course, sheer determination.

Here is a case in point. Roman, a former IT administrator from Toronto. At some point it dawned on him that IT wasn’t really his calling. So, he went on to devote five years of his life to building a search and rescue vehicle – through ridicule, superciliousness and assurances that he would fail miserably.

Here are the fruits of his labour.