Book Review: Ignore Everybody

June 8, 2011

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, by Hugh MacLeod

So. What should I talk about in this review? I’m not quite sure where to begin with this book.

Maybe with the fact that it’s broken up into 40, unrelated mini-chapters? Mini-chapters that make reading the book cover to cover a little disjointed? But that allow you to pick it up and put it down and still pull juicy, effective tidbits from the book?

Or maybe I’ll begin with the fact that the author, Hugh MacLeod, is the creator of one of my favorite pieces of office artwork. Hmm.

Perhaps I’ll begin by sharing the story of the transformative realization I made while traveling last weekend, while I was also reading this book, and make parallels between the creativity-inspired text and finding your true work. The work, the area in your life, where your personal creativity lives.

Would people like that in a review?

Maybe I could begin the review discussing the author, and how he’s a little, umm, crazy? And a bit morose? And swears like a sailor?

I could talk about his cartoons, and how fun it is that they are peppered throughout the book. Would people care about that?

Or I could chat about his writing style, perhaps? How, regardless of his craziness and swearing and moroseness, it’s still very easy and enjoyable to read? And that the book is a swift 158 pages?

Man, I don’t know. I’m not sure how I’m going to write this review. Maybe I’ll just quit while I’m ahead, and say…

Read it.

Photo on 2011-06-08 at 13.46 #3Ahh, there we go.

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) stars

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, by Hugh MacLeod

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