I read this somewhere, recently. I believe the original quote ends with “Let Success Make the Noise.”
I prefer “Let Success Do the Talking.” Because even then, noise isn’t required. One’s hard work will always show without making too much noise anyway.
This has been something that’s really honed in on my professional front. I have been working very hard for many years but these last few months have really challenged me to excel forward. Through it, I have been surrounded by a lot of noise. A lot.
Noise about how much overtime is being put it.
Noise about not having time to take a vacation.
Noise about not getting paid enough.
I, myself, would shrink back into the shadows during these competitive one-up matches. I didn’t see the point. Why would I have to prove that I’m working harder then any other of my peers? Why would I care how hard they are working?
I realized that I don’t really care. It’s none of my business. What matters to me is what I do and the quality of my work. Lessons are made to be learned through both success and failure along the way, and that’s okay. So long as I improve upon these mistakes, I can take pride in my work.
The noise has lessened since. As my work has started to shine through, I’m not being targeted with these one-up matches.
Perhaps simply because, with me, they can not win.