Hugh MacLeod to the rescue: “Ignore Everybody”


Hugh Macleod is a very wise, irreverent, witty guy who draws cartoons on the back of business cards.  That’s odd enough, but the wisdom part always breaks through the funny part.

I’m now reading his book, “Ignore Everyone.”  The title refers to his advice to have something creative that you own alone.  Here’s an early passage that should get you hooked:

“The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.  How your own sovereignty inspires other people to find their own sovereignty, their own sense of freedom and possibility, will give the work far more power than the work’s objective merits ever will.

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

Here’s a bite from his blog, which is a must-add to your RSS list.


If it doesn’t feel that way to you, you’re doing something wrong. I don’t care old you are, or how many responsibilities you have. Life is not baseball. God only gave us one inning.



2 Responses to “Hugh MacLeod to the rescue: “Ignore Everybody””

  1. Mike, if you haven’t read Peter Block’s book, “The Answer to How is Yes,” I recommend it. Happy trails.


    • 2 Mike O'Horo

      Thanks for your comment, which I didn’t see until today. Unfortunately, for reasons I don’t understand, it got trapped in a Comment spam filter. Yul Brynner time: “Is a puzzlement!” I’ll have to find out how that works and tweak settings to prevent this in future.

      That said, there’s a certain odd symmetry to my seeing that suggestion today. As I understand the publisher’s review, Block is talking directly to guys like me, who have made a science and, in moments of excess perhaps, a religion, out of “how.” Two days ago, Suzi came across a meditation regime from Centerpointe Research that uses technology to introduce, via stereo headphones, tones that emulate the brain waves exhibited during master yogis’ meditation. The idea is to enable right/left brain connections that have previously required 20+ years of disciplined meditation by adepts. I mention this a background to a decision I reached yesterday to stop forcing a practical solution and instead focus on enabling more of myself, trusting the truth of the Buddhist proverb, “When the student is ready, the teach will appear.”

      Hope all is well with you.

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