Depends on moment, mood and context does it not? Sometimes I want absolute solitude – do my best work that way. Conversely, some of my best work, done in chaos under pressure, up against deadlines, part of raucous group of smart people arguing while equally raucous fools banged on doors and windows (OK, that only happened once with banging on windows. And, other times when the ‘mental banging on doors and windows was happening’), remarkable work was done.
So I have both.
On my non-work (when is that?) side of life, again – vacillation, solitude v. multitude, rattles around in my noggin. Best of ideas, best of work, best of learning happens when I’m alone with myself.
"Yes" is a huge difference maker, maybe not so much to ourselves sometimes but the person on the receiving end, it can have a significant impact. We are continually conditioned to hearing no, when a yes comes around, the reactions can be quite amazing, usually accompanied by a huge smile. Little secret yeses throughout the day are my favourite - buying the person behind me's coffee, holding doors, recognizing "yes, you did great there" in the moment to whoever you make the time to recognize; doesn't even need to be part of your flock!, RA, Calgary, AB