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Ignore Everybody [Hardcover]

Hugh MacLeod
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Book Description

12 Nov 2009
Hugh MacLeod's acclaimed blog, GapingVoid, draws 1.5 million visitors a month and his e-book, How to be Creative, has been downloaded more than a million times. Now he has expanded his thoughts on unleashing creativity in a world that often thwarts it. Unlike most books on the subject, Ignore Everybody is edgy and humorous, offering advice including ""Selling out is harder than it looks"" and ""The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props"".

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591842590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591842590
  • ASIN: 159184259X
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly creative 27 July 2009
By absg
At the beginning I didn't know on what to expect about this book, I didn't know anything about the author, and I have never read a book about creativity. While I was reading a very interesting blog post where the author strongly recommended this book, I decided to buy it. I was amazed, the book is really interesting and funny, Hugh MacLeod demonstrates a lot of insightful points and theories. I see it as a motivational book. It surely helped me especially on the point of my life where I don't know what to do with my professional career. Besides MacLeod's view points, each chapter is accompanied with several of his business cards, which by the way are brilliantly creative.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Ignore Hugh! 9 July 2009
Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity is based upon the hugely successful, Change This Manifesto, entitled "How to be Creative". Building upon his earlier work, Hugh MacLeod brings together his collective wisdom of thoughts on creativity.

As Steve Clayton describes, there are a number of stand our chapters in this book. In particular, the following chapters stood out for me:

Chapter 8 "Keep your day job" with the excellent description of Hugh's Sex and Cash Theory.

Chapter 11, "The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props". This chapter serves to remind us that the tools aren't important. True creativity comes from within, regardless of the tools used.

Chapter 3 "Put The Hours In" stuck a particular chord, where Hugh states "Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. Ninety percent of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort and stamina".

And Chapter 18, "Merit can be bought, Passion can't". In this chapter, Hugh states that: "The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does".

Absolutely. Sometimes, being passionate about something and wanting to change things is great. However, it is important to remember that not everyone may feel the same way.

Overall, the book is an easy read, with Hugh's unique blend of wit, genius and dark humour. Though his cartoons have been available on Gaping Void for years. It is a real treat to finally have some of them available in book form.

Ignore Everybody is a book that can be summed up with one of Hugh's own cartoons (see above). It enriches your understanding on ways that creativity can prosper. Whilst at the same time Hugh simplifies the process, with tales from his own experiences.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 7 July 2011
Book did not disappoint, it was nice short read, I was done in 1 day.

The book is written in the blog post format (and it is collection of blog posts) which I personally enjoy. I have to say though "ignore everybody" was not as provocative as would have expected, but it was okay from that perspective. Cartoons where just great, I have to say.

Overall nice way to get some inspiration and pushing within just couple of hours. Not more than that though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Short 29 Dec 2009
By Tara
I enjoyed this book. It basically talks about the idea that you should pursue something original that you enjoy and that could potentially lead to financial reward later on, rather than looking at ideas to make you money. The book is a very easy read and I would have given it 4 or 5 stars if it hadn't been so short - the text is really spaced out and the book could really been a third to half as thick.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolt to your brain 21 July 2009
Discosure: I know Hugh and he sent me a freebie review copy of Ignore Everybody, so I'm completely biassed.

So is Hugh's book, which should be obvious from just a quick glance. This is not a well-researched, supposedly objective guide to optimal creativity. I've read some of those and not really enjoyed them.

Whereas this admirably concise little book got me laughing a lot, feeling sad a bit, and sometimes disagreeing strongly. You certainly don't have to take any or all of the advice he gives but I suspect most people will at least be prompted to think again about how they go into the world and what they really want to do.

For me, the impact was to remind me to take a few risks, conform a bit less and get behind the stuff I really believe in. Just reading the lovely reviews appearing above this one, you can see what happens when people get a little bit of creative inspiration.

So I suggest you grab a copy before that next flight and enjoy yourself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the heart of the dilemma! 31 Mar 2013
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This book is very short and to the point, but is littered with some very funny cartoon pictures that poke fun at so many very human situations and worries. Using his cartoons and some really wise words MacLeod is able to investigate the old age dilemma of creativity v realism in career and life. He rightly points out that so many of us have a creative contribution to make, but taking this too seriously chasing it to a point beyond reason or even ignoring it all together, solves nothing. He charts his own rise to success and brings in stories about the best way to find a balanced approach to unleashing your own creativity. However MacLeod doesn't tell us anything we did not really know before, but seems to put his ideas in a funny well presented way that makes simple sense. For instance the simple idea to; do something small, do something you enjoy and do it as often as possible, seems wise advise. Not a game changer but good food for thought.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome page-turner
This is a feel-good book!

MacLeod's 39 ideas are spot on. Also, half, if not more of MacLeod's 39 ideas and their explanation, had the f-bomb in them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AppFairy
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are of the "creative" sort you will understand....
... but you are just a casual reader this book will seem very oriented towards people of the so called "creative" sort. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Philip Girelli
5.0 out of 5 stars more than just a book on creativity
I bought this for some inspiration on creativity but it's more than that. Broken into short digestible sections this easy to read and very enjoyable book is a must for anyone... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kevin Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars This spoke to me!
this is just a quick, flick-through, kind of a book. But, if you're the type to not run with the crowd, you'll probably find yourself smiling or agreeing out loud with what you're... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Susan Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars Ignore MacLeod and 39 Other Keys to Saving Money
I usually enjoy books of this nature, but this really is the book I could put down. I wish he'd just written on a business card "I happen to have a wide range of high-powered... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
One of those books that you could read bot do not have to read. One afternoon is enough to go through the whole thing. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2012 by Wojciech
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore everybody...
Oh yes I read too dontchya know!

During the recent (terribly boring) period of not working I spent some, completely non-judgmental (honest! Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by Claire Crawshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore Everybody
A concise, down to earth, sometimes cynical, humorous and edgy book about being true to ones inherent potential. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Ravi Butalia
5.0 out of 5 stars New Ways of Thinking
I have read and re-read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Amongst the humour and the cynicism there are some key life and business lessons. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Mrs. D. Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was hoping to find some new ideas but found the 2xCD set a complete waste of money. There was nothing original, the style was infantile and the unnecessary use of bad language... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by Trace TT
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