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A horse for a single harness…

I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork; for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding. – Albert Einstein

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8 Responses to A horse for a single harness…

  1. Lisa September 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    Great quote! That describes me to a T.

    • Frank Swift September 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

      I came across it while reading “Quiet” by Susan Cain. If you’re an introvert as well and you haven’t read it yet READ THIS BOOK. It really did a lot to clarify and explain why I’ve always been so uncomfortable with our business culture and it’s obsessive need to idolize extreme extroversion. I realized I don’t HAVE to conform to their ideals to be a success, rather, I just need to be true to who I am and let the chips fall where they may.

  2. loischwarz September 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM #

    Albert may have been a wizard in the math department of his life, but in the social department, love dept. and relationship dept. I wouldn’t be quoting him. lol…

    • Frank Swift September 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM #

      Meh, love is overrated. Except for dogs. :-D

  3. Anja September 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM #

    That explains exactly what is wrong with the education system that wants to force us teachers (and by extension the pupils) into team work, group work, and every other type of ‘not clear who drinks and who pays’ work! If I hear them tell me one more time how beneficial it is for pupils to work in groups I’m hitting somebody :) Really? Beneficial? I hated it at school, and still do. How has it benefited me?! Sorry, rant off :)

  4. ava September 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    i hated teamwork at school too. i think it has more to do with being an individualist, than an introvert though. usually i could pull this whole thing off by you-can-make-me-do-this-but-you-can’t-make -me-care approach, but there also were times when i would just separate myself and form a new group of 1 member ( http://youtu.be/UZdJLadckf0 ). on the other hand, outside the school walls i’m doing really well when working with people. i still feel different, but now i try to take advantage of it and i really appreciate it, especially when others can fill my weaknesses with their strengths (sending working alone > bad team.

    • ava September 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

      (sending *heart* to all those detail oriented individuals). einstein worked on theories, so his only tool was his brain, he could afford to be “a horse for a single harness”. if he had to actually build something outside of his head, something tangible, he probably would need a team as well. i think in general: good team > working alone > bad team.

  5. Frank Swift September 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    The obsession with collaboration in education must go back at least 50 years, all predicated on the presumption that collective thinking yields more innovation and better results. Known as Groupthink: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/the-rise-of-the-new-groupthink.html

    I’m starting to realize conforming to a rigid structure that favors extroverts actually degrades my creativity and work performance. I’d never be able to switch to a career of my choosing unless the people who hired me understand the nature of introverts and how we best function. That’s why I’m always on the look out for work at home opportunities. :-)

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