Shuttleworth Fellows tackle problems that few others recognise or see. They reimagine and reinvent systems, challenge the status quo, and trade in the comfort and security of ‘normal’ careers for dedicating their lives to their cause. On paper, this seems an exciting adventure. In reality, each fellow must find their way through a dense and tangled pathway, often alone, far ahead of anyone else in the field. As a result, their journey is challenging, exhausting, and isolating.