Ignore Everybody

It had me, so they say, at the title:


Ignore Everybody


One reader hailed it thus: “Cynical as Woody Allen, down-to-earth like Bukowski. A must read.” Another, more famous fan, Seth Grodan said of it, “A work of art, a brilliant insight, a book that will change your life.”

Gratefully, another reader, J. Brown from Florida provided his top eight takeaways from “Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity” by Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void fame.


1. The more original your idea is, the less good advice people will be able to give you.

2. Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That is why good ideas are always initially resisted.

3. Your idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing.

4. The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.

5. Being good at anything is like figure skating – the definition of being good at it is being able to make it look easy. But it never is easy. Ever. That is what the stupidly wrong people conveniently forget.

6. Your job is probably worth 50 percent of what it was in real terms ten years ago. And who knows? It may very well not exist in five to ten years…Stop worrying about technology. Start worrying about people who trust you.

7. Part of being a master is learning to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own…Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. Its that simple.

8. The biggest mistake young people make is underestimating how competitive the world is out there.




~ by eaesthete on 06/25/09.

One Response to “Ignore Everybody”

  1. If only I could hold these kinds of things in my head for more than a day.

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