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  • The most difficult thing for a man to do is to be himself in a world that is constantly trying to change him.

  • This is one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • When we first start school, we are told to sit down and shut up.

  • We are told not to run, don't misbehave, and we are told to fit in.

  • We are essentially told to not express ourselves in any way shape or form.

  • If you have a little bit more energy than the average person, like I did, we are rewarded with detention, or even worse, we are assigned four little letters that will define us for the rest of our academic life, which are: A-D-H-D

  • Let's say we survive the education system, and we are now out in the real world.

  • You are now a working man, and you need to wear a suit, a tie, black pants, done-up hair, nice shoes, nice watch, and if you come into work one day, looking even a little bit off, you might get called into the office and you'll be asked, "Is everything okay?"

  • "We have an image that we have to maintain, and we can't have you looking like the way you are."

  • If you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or even e-mail, the communication with people is instant and abundant.

  • If you ever have wanted to put yourself out there in a creative way, like a YouTube video, or even a Facebook post to be transparent with someone else, you'll either be loved or immediately attacked by the masses.

  • Both are demons that will destroy your art.

  • How can you be genuine when you are instantly attacked, or loved, for putting your unique self out there.

  • Because of this, it is difficult to produce anything that is truly yours.

  • It's always tainted with, how can I continue to produce work without getting addicted to these loving feelings, from the people who love me.

  • Or how can I manipulate my next piece of art, or Instagram picture, to satisfy those who previously attacked me?

  • This is my advice on how to deal with this.

  • If you want to ignore everyone, we need to take advice from our neighborhood bird.

  • Yes, that's right, a bird.

  • I'll give you an example.

  • It's six in the morning, and there is a bird outside.

  • He is chirping.

  • A man walks by and hears the bird.

  • And he thinks to himself, "Wow, this is the most beautiful sounding bird that I have ever heard."

  • And the man adores the bird.

  • But the bird is not really impacted by this.

  • The bird is just doing what he does everyday, which is simply chirping in the morning.

  • Now let's imagine there is a man who is trying to sleep in the building right next to the bird.

  • And this man gets woken up by the chirping.

  • This man is so mad.

  • He is trying to sleep for the first time in weeks, and the stupid bird is not letting it happen.

  • This man genuinely hates the bird.

  • But, the bird is not affected by this.

  • The bird is simply doing what he does best, and he keeps chirping away.

  • Unaffected by the hate or the love.

  • The point is, the bird is just doing him.

  • He does not care about the love, or the hate, or the envy, he is just doing what he does best.

  • I invite you to take this concept into your own life.

  • Do what you do best, ignore the love and the hate.

  • But accept the constructive criticism.

  • But more importantly, just be you.

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The most difficult thing for a man to do is to be himself in a world that is constantly trying to change him.

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How To Ignore People (Animated)

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    羅世康   posted on 2019/01/17
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