In my last few posts I have developed the idea that each of our lives and ventures are unfolding dramas. Each of us is writing a script that is in the process of turning out as a comedy or tragedy. Things work out or don't largely as a result of our self-awareness and mindset. In a comedy (especially romantic comedies) the protagonist starts out as one kind of person (usually a dickhead). As he becomes a better person he overcomes his obstacle and achieves his objective. In a tragedy, the dickhead prevails. (I can verify this from personal experience.)
In his excellent blog (waitbutwhy.com), Tim Urban introduces the distinction between the cook and the chef and points out that while many of us like to think of ourselves as chefs dreaming up new recipes and flavors in our respective areas, the reality is that most of us are following recipes (scripts) created by other chefs.
My eldest son is a chef. At this stage of his career spends most of his shifts cooking other people's recipes. For example, he is an expert soufflé cooker. He did not develop the very precise chemistry but he's mastered it. His deserts are one of my favorite things.