Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born (Nikola Tesla). Being alone can generate a multitude of fears and anxieties. On the other hand, inspiration and sudden bursts of insight also come during times of solitude. It’s more difficult, to me, to have focus and creativity with other people around. I am extremely sensitive to sound and movement when I’m trying to think. I do have my best ideas and productivity when alone. I am a pure introvert, however, so it may be that others do their best work when energized by other people. How best do you work? When do you have your greatest ideas?