Collaboration is the heartbeat of The Republic!
Today marked a big step in the growth of the Republic of Song. Seven students came together for an innovative musical show at a local retirement community. The truly spectacular aspects of the event weren’t as much in the students’ performances (which were delightfully well-done), but in the collaborative enthusiasm of the students. At the show rehearsal more advanced students began spontaneously sharing how they found success with younger students. Inspiration to aspire to new heights of musical success was rampant!
So in honor of the triumph of collaboration, I offer these nuggets of collaboration inspiration. Enjoy!
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford, Innovator and Industrialist
Making music together is the best way for two people to become friends. – Hermann Hesse, poet and novelist
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. – Bill Nye, scientist and television personality
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. – Helen Keller, author and political activist
Collaboration is my oxygen. I really do need it to survive. It’s what I love the most. The communication, the trust, the communal goal, the support. – Joe Gramley, percussionist and composer
Collaboration is much like a birth. The song that springs forth resembles each one of us to a degree, but it’s the kind of thing that would never be born from just one of us sitting down with a guitar. – Grant-Lee Phillips, singer-songwriter
Collaborate with people you can learn from. – Pharrell Williams, singer
Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn. – Benjamin Franklin, innovator and statesman
Collaboration and Cooperation will beat competition every time. – Gail Lynne Goodwin, writer and blogger
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan, basketball player and actor
Creative collaboration is awesome. – Alicia Silverstone, actor and producer
Politeness is the poison of collaboration. – Edwin Land, scientist and inventor
I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. – Steve Lacy, saxophonist
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. – Napoleon Hill, author
We believe in deep collaboration and cross pollination in order to innovate in a way others cannot. – Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Success takes communication, collaboration, and sometimes failure. – Jessica Alba, actress and model
For me, making music is part social, part interaction, part collaboration. – Norah Jones, singer-songwriter and actress
Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations shared create collaboration, and collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change. – Terry Tempest Williams, author and conservationist
I think it’s a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra – especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling, and building the same way for all the players to understand the music. – Gustavo Dudamel, conductor and violinist
Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth. – Ken Robinson, author and educator
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. – George Bernard Shaw, playwright
Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice. – Douglas B. Reeves, author
I believe in collaboration. I think that is the most entertaining and effective way to write for me, personally. – Jonah Hill, actor and writer
Collaboration is far more powerful than competition. Do not think that only if you are pushed to the wall you will do your best. – Jaggi Vasudev, yogi and author
If you have more quotes or thoughts on the awesomeness of creative collaboration, leave a comment below!