Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. When you are small minded you can not focus on great things because you are too concerned with finding flaws and discussing others. If you want to have a great mind then you need to constantly put yourself out of your comfort zone, and be willing to listen to views, ideas, and opinions even if they are not the same as the ones that you hold. The greatest minds of all time did not spend their precious time discussing the neighbor down the street or passing along all the dirt and gossip that was circulating. These men and women were engaged in discussions about new and innovative ideas, often ideas that would further man and make the world a better place. They did not have time to worry about who was feuding, who was messing around, and who had poor hygiene or bad habits. Make the most of the mind that you were given and strive to be above average. Don't concern yourself with small and petty things.