If you haven’t read this post by Matt Gemmell on his site, I suggest you go there immediately and do so. Almost every point he makes is something I have been concentrating on doing for the past 12 months, and seeing it written down by someone else kind of validates my own actions. From the post:
A major lesson I’ve learned (which I had to teach myself) is that it’s OK to cut out negative people from your life. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but people don’t have a free pass to be heard by you, particularly if their manner of expression is consistently unpleasant or unproductive.
The truth is, it’s OK to curate your life. You’re allowed to manage your interactions with people, online as well as offline. We make choices every day that limit our exposure to things (or people) that are frustrating, confusing or unpleasant – and you’re still allowed to do that even if you have an audience.
Do yourself a favor and read the entire post. Twice.