Cain isn’t buying the idea that groupthink is “where the magic happens.” “For a lot of creative people, being in a group is like kryptonite,” she said. In his memoir, iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It, Steve Wozniak backs up Cain’s theory on the critical place of intellectual solitude in the creative process. In no uncertain terms. “Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me—they’re shy and they live in their heads,” he writes: They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone—best outside of corporate environments, best where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee.… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone.… Not on a committee. Not on a team.
Zomorodi, Manoush. Bored and Brilliant (p. 123). St. Martin's Press. Kindle Edition.
“Today’s culture overemphasizes the importance of constant social interaction, due in part to social media,” Kaufman and Gregoire write. “We tend to view time spent alone as time wasted or as an indication of an antisocial or melancholy personality. Instead, we should see it as a sign of emotional maturity and healthy psychological development.”
Zomorodi, Manoush. Bored and Brilliant (p. 118). St. Martin's Press. Kindle Edition.
The danger is to please an immediate public, an immediate public that comes around you and takes you in and accepts you and gives you success in everything. Instead of that if you wait for your public, that should come fifty years or a hundred years after your death, that's the public I want.