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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (Feb. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843849
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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Format: Hardcover
"Evil" was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use bad, cruel, unskillful, defective (adj.), or harm, crime, misfortune, and disease. Of course, this is not the meaning of evil that Hugh MacLeod had in mind when he formulated his concept of a plan so forget about the word and focus on the valuable insights that his counterintuitive mind offers. As he explains, people need a plan guided and informed by "that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to actually start doing something they love, doing something that matters. Everybody needs an Evil Plan that gets them the hell out of the rat race, away from the lousy bosses, away from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate. Life is short."

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.
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HASH(0x9d6424a4) out of 5 stars Ask yourself why Feb. 21 2011
By Scott Barstow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Why do you do what you do? It's the question you will be forced to answer while you are reading this book. Just like 'Ignore Everybody', Hugh's first book, I found this book to be the kind of reading that wakes you up and makes you ask ( and hopefully answer ) the tough questions.

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?
A: (silence)

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.
85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6426f0) out of 5 stars Fast Food Professional Advice March 30 2011
By Robert S. Costic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is kind of like fast food. It was apparently easy to make, it's easy to read, and while it may feel good at the time its quality is dubious. We have a 170-page book filled with two page chapters and a lot of pages consisting entirely of two-by-three inch cartoons with bumper sticker phrases such as "Love doesn't have a purpose; love is a purpose."

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.
39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d642930) out of 5 stars Nothing new or overly helpful Feb. 24 2011
By DCG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Pretty much the same info as all the other books out here trying to motivate people to follow their passion. The book features a few bits of valuable advice, but mostly is about things that are common sense. Also, Hugh focuses pretty heavily on quoting other people's advice, rather than providing his own. I wanted to like the book, but honestly did not get much useful information out of it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d642ad4) out of 5 stars Don't bother if you're a regular reader of his blog. March 15 2011
By Stacy L. Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a long-time reader of Hugh MacLeod's blog Gaping Void, I should have known what to expect going into this book, as it's more or less a compilation of his blog entries and cartoons. I was disappointed, though, because I was expecting more original content that I had not already read. Also, the reader should understand that MacLeod's "Evil Plan" philosophy is essentially a theory based on his own experience being miserable in his corporate job and deciding to go out on his own, making money off his blog and selling his artwork through it. While there's nothing wrong with that, the overall tone seems to imply that his way of life is the only way one can possibly be happy and is the only way anyone should live. Frankly, I found that arrogant, as many people like to work in corporate cultures and thrive in them. To each his own, I suppose, but I found this book disappointing, arrogant, and extremely one-sided.
45 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6429a8) out of 5 stars Juicy goodness Feb. 17 2011
By Seth Godin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hugh's books are miracles of humor, insight and provocation.

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.