I envy scientists. They conduct experiments all day and make improbable connections in the name of elevating a small part of the world. That is the mission statement of a good life. In that quest, scientists follow a transparent process to replicate results and deflect scrutiny. The eventual findings are meaningless without the process – we want to see behind the curtain.
This curiosity applies to all important processes and creation. We are just as intrigued by the behind-the-scenes footage as we are with the product itself. Why was Henry Ford’s genius so devastating? Who were Picasso’s muses? Libraries were invented for these stories.
We are a race of storytellers. The best of which are told not by the protagonist, but by bystanders to the process. Their interjections are less calculated and more emotional; and a story is only sticky if there is a thick layer of emotion attached to it. Keeping it for yourself therefore dilutes its impact.
Here is the point. You will never be a finished product. There are many miles ahead that you cannot possibly plan for, much less be expected to navigate elegantly. Scientists understand this. They know that one day another scientist will carry on their work. They appreciate that success is collaborative and failure is transparent. These are the stories we love most.