I came across this Instagram post, thanks to Swiss-Miss. This is a photo of Albert EINSTEIN, Edwin HUBBLE, Walter MAYER and others, standing at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, California in 1931.
I don’t know the origin of the text in the image, but the “posse of misfits” phrase made me think of the idea that steel sharpens steel. A quick search landed me in the Bible (Proverbs) as an early source of the phrase, which was originally “iron sharpens iron…”.
It reminds me that it’s important to find a tribe. Your tribe. Your band of humans, who support and challenge you — and you, them — so that you sharpen each other; thereby making the task of cutting a path through work and life, easier and more efficient. Making each other better, and filling each other’s gaps — which I believe, is one of the important responsibilities of friendship.
It’s probably not a coincidence that most (if not all) of the men in this photo, made significant contributions to the human body of knowledge during the course of their lives.
I also think it is no coincidence that they spent time together; likely collaborating in ways that made their own individual work and lives, better.