Recently, there needed to be more time to blog. However, today, I found one passage in the audiobook “The Creative Art” by Rick Rubin, so impressive that I want to share the following slightly edited snippet:
Coöperation is a practice. Individual actors and perspectives come together to create a new vision. Each actor adds their own original point of view. Each can solo or layout, as best serves the work. Each time we coöperate, we are exposed to different ways of working and problem-solving.
Coöperation is not to be mistaken for competition. It is not a power struggle to get your way or to be proven right. Competition serves the ego — coöperation supports the highest outcome.
Think of coöperation as giving or getting a boost to see over a high wall. there is no power struggle in this act — you’re simply finding the best route to a new perspective. It’s a disservice to the project to weigh our own contribution to it. Believing an idea is best because it is ours is an error of inexperience. The ego demands personal authorship inflating itself at the expense of the project. It can reject new ideas that seem counter-intuitive and protect familiar ones.
The best results are found when we are impartial and detached from our own strategies. We all benefit when the best idea is chosen., regardless of whether it’s ours or not.