Have you ever wondered why geniuses are geniuses? Do their mothers dream of a star falling into their womb during pregnancy? Or their brightness is just (1) bred-in-the-bone? What makes a genius may simply lie in one word - teamwork.
We (2) cling to this notion that a genius’ groundbreaking creative works are made in isolation, whereas many well-known geniuses need helpers to accomplish their works. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis both constantly discussed their work in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings before their success. Michelangelo relied on almost 140 employees to help him with his work. Thomas Edison worked with dozens of researchers who are reportedly responsible for some of Edison’s greatest achievements, such as the light bulb and the x-ray machine.
According to Keith Sawyer, one of the world’s leading scientific experts on creativity, "Isolated individuals are not creative." Sawyer claims that creativity is more about relationships than any sudden (A) epiphany. If anything, our success is (B) contingent on working well with others, who compose a group of like-minded people. Nor does this just apply to the arts; it's true across business, science and nearly every other field. Of course, we need to spend significant amounts of time alone with our craft. But we also need significant amounts of time with people who can guide us in doing better work.
Geniuses have never (C) toiled alone; here are steps to start your own creative community.
(1) Find a mentor and study every last detail of their work.
(2) Copy their work. Borrow what you like most about their style. This stage will strengthen your skills.
(3) Forge your own approach. You can begin experimenting with more originality. Embrace your mentors’ criticism. (3) Before long, you will find you are creative, skilled and have advanced interpersonal skills.
1) bred-in-the-bone 根深蒂固
起源自諺語“What is bred in the bone will not come out of the flesh” 長在骨頭裡的東西絕不會從肉裡出來，意思是根深蒂固、本性難移。
The integrity of a school’s headmaster is bred-in-the-bone.
2) cling to堅持
Cling是黏住、緊握不放的意思，如果cling to+想法/行為，指堅持其信念，cling to+人，則指對他忠實。
They know scholars reject their legend, but they still cling to their belief.
3) before long 不久後
We should have news of her whereabouts before long.
本文收錄於英語島English Island 2017年4月號