Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination Hardcover – Feb 17 2011
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MacLeod speaks from extensive personal experience as he discusses his struggles years ago the lessons he learned from them. He has paid a hefty "tuition" to obtain the real-world knowledge he gained and now shares, as he did in an earlier book, Ignore Everybody. In that book and in this one, he provides an abundance of his brilliant illustrations. Some are hilarious. Some have the impact of an ice pick stuck in the ear. All are precious gifts. They remind me that, long ago, Oscar Wilde offered this admonition: "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." MacLeod presumably agrees but, I suspect, would cite another admonition from the Gnostic Gospels, part of the New Testament apocrypha: "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
In other words, MacLeod is affirming the importance of having personal authenticity while making and then sustaining a full commitment to doing whatever we love most.Read more ›
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If I were to summarize Evil Plans in 100 words or less, it would be something like this:
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: To make money so that I can do the things I really want to do
Q: Why not just do the thing you really want to do?
A: Umm... err.. gasp... cough I can't afford to / I'm not good enough / I don't know how / My friends will think I am an idiot
Q: What would it take to make it so you could do that which you love, and that which you are uniquely able to do?
That's where your Evil Plan begins.
Buy this book. Then keep reading it once a week on the journey to doing what you love.
While the book doesn't have a lot of content, we do get some interesting insights about the author. He lives in a rural area in west Texas. He's working on ten projects at any given time. He works constantly, often taking conference calls from 7am until late into the night. He doesn't find time to watch television or take vacations. He apparently doesn't have a family, and in an aside he admits that he doesn't really have time for a relationship. And yet he boasts about his life as if it is not only the best way to live, but that it will be the only way we will be able to live in the future.
I don't doubt that this author has found some success with his projects. But judging with my eyes the quality of his drawings and book, along with how he describes his life, he doesn't really convince me that he is much of a role model or that his advice has much merit.
You don't read them because you have to, you read them because you want to. Page, page, page you keep turning the pages, excited, aghast, inspired and ready to make a difference.
That's a lot for your $15.
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