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Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses …
I’ve long held the opinion that the primary function of a small business is to be a bank, providing loans (known as accounts receivable) to customers. Sometimes long term, zero interest loans, to large companies, which sounds more like an ad for a local used car lot.
We do a lot of computer support around here, and it is uncanny how many times when walking a user through a particular procedure, they answer “I did exactly those same steps, and it didn’t work for me”. I know it is a defense mechanism, but it is apparently much more widespread than our experience. A good piece by Seth Godin.
Can you work with noise in the background, does it hurt, does it help? Can you work with vocals in the music? Sometimes I can, sometimes, I can’t.
Here’s an article about what types of music can help productivity.
Google wants to identify an authoritative resource for the answer to any query, so if what you are doing doesn’t help with that, you’re probably heading down the wrong path. A computer can figure out how to stuff keywords, an authoritative resource makes it sound good in English (or whatever the preferred language is).
Here are some examples of trying to find the “silver bullet”, rather than trying to work to be an expert.