Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
Marketing is what you do when your product is no good.
Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself.
If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don't think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps.
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.