In her book The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp asks her readers to write their “creative autobiography” by filling out a questionnaire in one of the book’s exercises. I thought I’d fill it out and share my answers with you guys in a series of seven posts. Do yourself a favor – ask yourself these questions and replace my answers with yours.
23. When confronted with superior intelligence or talent, how do you respond?
To be perfectly honest, I’m often intimidated by folks who are smarter and more talented than me, so I try to get to know the person in order to bring them down to “human” level. At that point I can start to appreciate what they do and learn from them. If they seem arrogant about their abilities, then I don’t bother.
24. When faced with stupidity, hostility, intransigence, laziness or indifference in others, how do you respond?
Stupidity doesn’t usually bother me too much unless it’s directly affecting me. Then I become frustrated.
Hostility annoys me, especially when it’s unwarranted.
Intransigence is also very annoying, and I usually move on.
Laziness is frustrating when the lazy person houses tons of potential.
Indifference doesn’t bother me too much. Some people just don’t care.
25. When faced with impending success or the threat of failure, how do you respond?
Impending success brings with it relief and pride. The threat of failure is humbling, but I’ve never failed so hard that I felt like quitting.
How would you answer these questions?