Silence/Personal - Noise/Serious
Taking something seriously without taking it personally. I heard Seth Godin talk about this challenge when talking to Brian Koppelman on The Moment. It's part of what drove Seth to seek out a fast-growing company early on in his career. It made me think about the choices I made a decade ago versus more recent ones. And it made me wonder why, over time, I've found it more difficult not to take professional disappointment personally.
I've found that busyness matters. When many parts are moving–as they were for me coming out of college–it's easier to stay in motion than to dwell. A blown deadline, miscommunication, or rejection letter doesn't stand out in a noisy landscape. We can take those failures seriously without taking them personally. Idleness means time to ruminate and over-analyze.