Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ignore Everybody (2009)

 I'm reading this very slim, quick reading book that is basically a compilation of the blog writing and artwork of Hugh MacLeod of Naturally I read about it on someone else's blog. The entire title is Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity.

There is significance in the business card on the cover. MacLeod's artwork and text appears on the back of business cards.

What's interesting is that I have found useful advice, biting sarcasm, and actual wisdom. Forty brief statements of MacLeod's creative life discoveries begin each brief section. All of them are worth contemplating.

No. 8 Keep Your Day Job explains that our creative lives are forever split no matter where we exist. There is what you want to do and what you have to do to support what you want to do. He calls it The Cash & Sex Theory and states that those who expect to wake up one morning and be famous or rich or happy just aren't going to make it. This probably isn't really news to anyone but MacLeod's way of stating his concepts is original and thought provoking.

There's still No.s 9 - 40 to read and assimilate. I'll keep you posted.

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