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About the Author

Hugh MacLeod is a cartoonist and professional blogger known for his ideas about how Web 2.0 affects marketing. After a decade of working as an advertising copywriter, MacLeod started blogging at gapingvoid.com in 2001, publishing cartoons that he drew on the back of business cards in his spare time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; First Edition edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the likes of Seth Godin, Josh Kaufmann, Jason Fried, Lisa Gansky, Michael Shuman, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawkins, Clayton Christensen, Malcolm Gladwell and others in this genre of business and personal development. Hugh is a provocateur for sure but the book's title is "Evil Plan." Maybe it's me, but I didn't get the "plan." It was very much - if not identical - to much of what has already been written - just written in Hugh's own words. Don't get me wrong, I truly admire Hugh's work but I really thought this book could have been so much more! I suppose if you're now thinking of leaving that job of yours or want to join the Resistence against mediocrity, industrial thinking, bureaucratic paradigms, and suburban lifestyles, then Evil Plan is great to get you going - it's light, humorous, creative and perhaps shorten versions of many other great books. If you've been a part of the Resistence for a few years, then move on because there are better books on concretely formulating and launching your Evil Plan.
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Maybe you're tired of being stuck in the rut. Maybe there is no way you can bail out of the rat race. Maybe you're sick and tired of that 9-5 job. Maybe your cubicle is now becoming so small that you feel like you're trapped in hell.

This book is for you.

I love this book but not for the reasons I stated above. This book shows you how to unify work and love. You should be doing the work that you love - the work that matters.

If you're a cubicle dweller like me but still contented with the 9-5, awesome job that you have, this book is for you, too!

There are lots of advice on career and entrepreneurship that you're going to love!

Highly recommended! 5 Stars!
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