A Project of One’s Own
Working on a project of your own is as different from ordinary work as skating is from walking. There is something special about working on a project of your own. The other sense of a project being one's own - working on it by oneself - has a much softer edge. Under the right conditions, the excitement of working on a project of one's own can be preserved for quite a while before disintegrating into the turbulent flow of work in a large organization. There was a lot of collaboration between them, but they all seem to have individually felt the excitement of working on a project of one's own. People who've never experienced the thrill of working on a project they're excited about can't distinguish this kind of working long hours from the kind that happens in sweatshops and boiler rooms, but they're at opposite ends of the spectrum. The complicated, gradual edge between working on one's own projects and collaborating with others is one reason there is so much disagreement about the idea of the "Lone genius." In practice people collaborate in all kinds of different ways, but the idea of the lone genius is definitely not a myth.