How To Ignore People (Animated)

– [Narrator] 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, 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 feels, 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 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. Subscribe for weekly videos. (somber piano music)

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