I’m a big fan of Twyla Tharp — choreographer, Kennedy Center honoree, best-selling author. I’m reading her new book The Collaborative Habit. Here’s a quote worth pondering:
People are people. And people are problems. But — and this is a very big but — people who are practiced in collaboration will do better than those who insist on their individuality.
In the book, Tharp argues that collaboration — the ability to work collaboratively; “practiced in collaboration” — is a habit, a habit that each person can develop and master. Just like creativity is a habit (her earlier book). I think she believes in discipline; ritual; habit. Not a bad approach to life.