The Importance of Having a Team/ No Person is an Island

Essay by Luke Foster

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,”

Henry Ford

I realised this year that teamwork is very important for success in life. I have a team of friends and technicians who help me with my art, and it takes the pressure off me to strive on my own. I also have a whole team working with me behind the scenes and for that I am also very grateful.

My team includes many friends who I won’t list expect Sean Cordeiro a amazing artist who collaborates with partner Claire Healy and are some of Australia’s most successful and critically acclaimed artists. Me and Sean text daily and he gives me fantastic feedback on my art. Liam Ryan who I studied teaching with at Sydney University years ago who is now a teacher, and we chat on the phone around four times a week. Ross Tesoriero who updates my website and who is also a great friend who I met at art school and is a great artist. Bob Collins who binds my artist books. Dennis Greaves who burns my videos to DVD. James Holly an artist/musician who gives me advice on my art. Rae and Yuri Bolotin who host the Big Ci studio residency in Bilpin who give me great critical feedback on my art when I am there, and I am up to my coming fifth residency there. Also thanks to Julie Lowe who does fantastic documentation of my art exhibitions and video and photo shoots. I also have many other friends that you can see if you look at the My Amazing Friends section of my drawing section on my website lukefoster1972.com.

I think in life most people have their main compassion in life towards their immediate family but because I am single and live alone, I need a strong social and artistic network.

“Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni

I think the best way to build trust is by being compassionate and being nice to yourself and to other people.

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquillity and happiness we all seek.” 
― Dalai Lama XIV

I think the big mistake I made last year when moving away from mum was trying to do everything on my own and ended up very scattered and now, I am coming back on track as I have a team to help me in life and with my writing and art and support workers Ava and Yannick who catch me when I fall and pick me up.

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa

I am still not completely on track, and I am like a person riding a bike with training wheels and eventually be able to take off the training wheels. But its more fun riding with a big group of cyclists not on your own.

The best way to develop compassion in my opinion is working with a team and helping each other.