Mark* could be “a brilliant pain in the neck.” Then he provided an example of loving the challenge as much as the solution, approaching his development goal with a focus on the underlying skills the effort itself helped him develop.
What tends to draw your attention first – the work to be done or the people doing it? Most of us have a reflexive orientation toward one or the other, which becomes more pronounced under stress.
If you're a sophisticated and seasoned professional using world class tools, with access to a large, diverse audience, and ample time to demonstrate your capabilities ... will your talents be appreciated?
Consider Joshua Bell's experience.
One of the world's greatest musicians, he's played before crowned heads of state and commands rates running around...