Was reading about Allen Rosenshine, Chairman of BBDO, and his impending retirement in Adweek. Adweek asked him a bunch of questions and his answer to one struck me as most insightful.
In his response he mentions that to be successful in Advertising (I'm paraphrasing), you have to be prepared to do your greatest work, have a client say "no" and be OK with that.
As I pondered the statement, I had to say it might be the truly most insightful comment on our industry I've ever read because it is so accurate. The most successful folks in our industry can do just that...without losing their edge, without losing their passion and without losing their creativity. This is what makes a truly great "ad guy."
I think I just added a new question to my standard interviewing guide for new hires.