I'm in bed on Saturday morning reading Tim Ferriss's 5-Bullet Friday. One of his 5-bullets is a quote he's been pondering. The one he chose is by Robert Sawyer,
"Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace."
Ignoring things is not only one of the great paths to inner peace but it's one of the great paths to creativity. I see it in my own children. If we have an electronics shut out day they begin to create like never before. Their attitudes change from quiet and sullen to proud and confident. It's like they're different children. Of course that's AFTER they push through the sadness of not having their electronics.
(It takes great fortitude for a parent to do.)
It never fails. Ignoring the busy world of technology and soon they are making paper purses and roller coasters out of yarn strung across their entire room. They have fun and begin to work together. They become better friends, better children, better communicators, lovers of life.
The same thing happens with me. When I ignore what other people are producing in the business world, I'm not able to compare myself. I no longer feel overwhelmed with what others are doing. I don't have to keep up with anyone, copy anyone or look like anyone. I become happier, more creative and my own productivity goes through the roof.
The quote does say "LEARNING to ignore things is ONE of the great paths . . ."
This is a skill that has to be learned. Don't feel bad if you can't turn the world off and focus immediately. It takes time and practice.
Remember also, it's only ONE of the great paths. It's not for every day or all the time. It's your world, you choose the moments you need to employ your ignoring the world skill. We're not trying to become mole people here! But it is a learned skill that can take us light years towards a successful life if used properly.
On this site we crack success codes for busy people. I'm certainly throwing ignoring things into the HOT box of our success codes.
I leave you with the Unbreakable Trailer below, a Netflix Original Series that's hilarious...just in case you didn't know what mole people were. If you haven't watched it and you're looking for something to just make you laugh, watch this. Even though it's been out for a while it will always be on the HOT pick list.