In the book, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, author Austin Kleon talks about everyone is capable of creating art (which is not painting). Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.
I used to get quite annoyed by people who disagree with my point of view, my expertise, or the general truth.
I used to get even more annoyed by failing to change people for the better, even after presenting my meticulous data and a thoughtful case.
Now I know people will believe whatever they want to believe. We all have our version of reality playing in our head about everything.
Now I realize the more satisfying way of minimizing the number of annoying people on my list is not to change them. It is to make many more friends, so my friends will greatly outnumber my nemesis.
Since our time on this planet is limited, I now seek to make more friends. Those are the people who have accomplished more than me in some aspect, intellectually, spiritually, and so on.
By hanging out with better people than I am, I hope some of the “better”-nesses will rub off on me at some point.
Instead of picking fights, I realized my energy would be much better spent on making things that my friend might choose to talk about someday.
Be nice! The world is vast and also a small town.