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Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination

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The acclaimed author of Ignore Everybody is back with more irreverent wisdom, wit, and original cartoons.

"It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something t
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Portfolio
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The Crimson Fucker
Jan 15, 2011 The Crimson Fucker rated it it was ok
I have a confession to make… some of you may be surprised about what I’m about to say… some may say that they already knew… others may try to deny it! but I have to say this! I’M EVIL! I’m 100% evil! I spent my nights awake fantasizing about world domination! I imagine myself laughing while I unleash my army of shell-glued turtles! Shit! Some of you may not know about my evil master plan! Have you ever seen a turtle!? The only way to defeat em is to flip em over! Well! Imagine what will happen i ...more
J.F. Penn
Feb 18, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entrepreneur
I needed this book today and Hugh delivered the jolt I needed to kick myself out of the creative doldrums. We all go through cycles of excitement, creativity and then the downer on the other side. This book will help you get into hyperdrive again. I had several ideas for new products as I read this book, and the pithy quotes are written in my diary as a reminder when I start to slip. If you want to be a global microbrand, read this book.
If you are miserable in your job, read this book.
If you hav
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mlady_rebecca
01/11/2011

I won this ARC through the Goodreads First Reads program. The actual book comes out in February.

This book landed on my doorstep today. I took it out of the packaging and read it cover to cover immediately. It was that good. (179 pages, if you were curious)

Have you ever picked up a book that explained what you, on some level, knew all along? Well this is like that. This is about those people who choose to do what they love and somehow make a living out of it. This is about those crazy
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Kristen
Feb 09, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
I won this book on the Goodreads Giveaways.

This book gives some good advice to people looking for a career change. It lays it all out in matter-of-fact kind of way and helps people realize their goals. The cartoons in the book were a mix of insightful and hilarious.

There were some problems with the book though. First, based on the title, I expected to be a bit more humorous than it was. It is actually a fairly serious advice book under a funny title. The second was that it seems to be a bit dis-
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Jon Humphrey
Dec 26, 2015 Jon Humphrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-book-list
I liked this book for the same reason that I like Seth Godin's The Dip. Both books are an antidote to that little voice in your head that questions why you're doing something different. Wouldn't it be so much easier to do what's expected? Why not just fit into the mold and sail toward a comfortable middle management type of position? Why can't you just be competent? that little voice asks. Why do you keep working on all of this other stuff? Well, for me, that other stuff is the only reason I go ...more
Book Him Danno
Mar 10, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it
I liked it. I need an evil plan, I need to start thinking about what I can do to make a difference in life and in my life especially. What can I give-away and back. Wakers, I want to be one. Haters, I want to have some of those(I think I may already(how exciting).) Life is for the living and taking a risk has never been easy for me, but I need to do what I need to do. I've written four books and only me and a close friend have read them. My friend wants me to do more then just write them and may ...more
Cheryl
Jan 16, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
I got this book free through the Goodreads first reads program. It is not the type of book that I typically read. I was expecting something different, something a little more Dave Barry in nature. If your title is Evil Plans, then the plans should actually be evil! Evil in this sense is a misnomer, the author uses it as a stand-in for crazy, wacky, or selfish, which I don't think is an appropriate usage. Once I understood what the book was about, I started to enjoy it a little more. There are so ...more
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. There are numerous insights, some "Duh!" chapters and pages that are in between. Fascinating cartoons (MacLeod started out drawing cartoons on the back of business cards): some profound, some cryptic and some totally confusing (at least to me). And, although the language is occasionally more salty than I care for, there are diamonds to mine in this little book.

What is your "Evil Plan?" Simply to do what you love and get paid for it. MacLeod suggests
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Wondra Vanian
Jan 31, 2016 Wondra Vanian rated it did not like it
Like many other so-called self-help books, it's just a bunch of bragging, hidden behind half-assed attempts to motivate others. Look at me, look at me.

Speaking of which... could this guy BE any more hipster? Yeah, okay, you were blogging before it was cool... AND?

Ugh. Name dropping. Look who I helped! Look who my friends are! Gag.

I don't agree that you should over-extend yourself – especially someone like me, who suffers from a mental health issue that would break me if I push too hard. Making
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Brian
Jan 10, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok
A picture is worth a thousand words and I find more value in each of MacLeod's drawings than in any (or all) of these chapters. My recommendation: read the blog and buy the cube grenades.
Bao Nguyen
Jun 12, 2014 Bao Nguyen rated it liked it
A fairly interesting book. This is something that you might want to read to get you the motivation you need to start your own entrepreneurship. The book is laid out very clearly and the author delivers fascinating narrative to motivate readers.

In terms of content value, I do not find much quality as what he said almost felt like common sense to me. It was the way he said it that helped make the book interesting.

Overall, it is a good read for those who do not find anything interesting to read at
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Frank
Mar 21, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
McLeod's Evil Plan is to find something you enjoy that allows you to ditch the cubicle farm. Unlike just about every other "get rich quick" scheme or "follow your passion" book out there, McLeod isn't afraid of making clear how much hard work is involved. One of the better essays in the book talks about crofting, homesteading and doing dozens of small jobs on the side to help make ends meet. Does the Evil Plan enable life independent of working for someone else? Most definitely. Is it a cushy ef ...more
Cheryl
The cartoons are great and I can't help laughing at some of them. Many of them will go into my screensavors, to remind me at odd moments during the day of what is important to me.

The story about Andrew in the chapter "Fill in the Narrative Gaps" was thought-provoking in the area of perception vs. reality. It had an odd effect on me, though, making me wonder how many of the other success stories followed the same path. But it also reminded me that we do a disservice to our young if we don't teac
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Tabitha
I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program! Included with it was a sweet little letter from the publisher. Thanks to you too Portfolio/Penguin!
I initially latched on to this book because of the title, it sounded funny and pretty entertaining. I didn't really think too much about it, since I automatically assumed it was going to be more humor and less serious business/job advice. Well, everybody's gotta be wrong sometimes.
This is a humorous book, don't get m
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Brett
Like "Ignore Everybody" before it, "Evil Plans" is a collection of (42) short essays along with a generous sprinkling of Hugh MacLeod's cube-grenade cartoons to help emphasize some points. If you've read the previous book, or are a regular reader of his blog Gaping Void, very few of the ideas will be new to you. But don't let that stop you from picking up and reading this great book.

Though each of the essays provides individual value, it is the collection of the ideas and stories into a single
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Wanda
Apr 13, 2011 Wanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, set-free
"It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs to get away from lousy bosses, from boring, dead-end jobs that they hate, and ACTUALLY start doing something they love, something that matters. Life is short." -Hugh MacLeod

Freud once said that in order to be truly happy people need two things: the capacity to work and the capacity to love. Evil Plans is about being able to do both at the same time. The someti
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Truly
Apr 09, 2012 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hunger to do something creative.
The Hunger to do something amazing.
The Hunger to change the world.
The Hunger to make a difference.
The Hunger to enjoy one’s work.
The Hunger to be able to look back and say, Yeah, cool, I did that.
The Hunger to make the most of this utterly brief blip of time Creation has given us.
The Hunger to dream the good dreams.
The Hunger to have amazing people in our lives.
The Hunger to have the synapses continually fired up on overdrive.
The Hunger to experience beauty.
Th
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Lorissa
Mar 09, 2011 Lorissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
(I was lucky enough to receive this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.)

Having read a number of books within this genre, I'll say that Hugh MacLeod isn't necessarily proposing any outrageously new or earth-shattering ideas. Really, he is stating the obvious, but his delivery of this is witty, personable, to the point and inspiring. Although the chapters are brief (sometimes only a page or two), the questions MacLeod poses will stay with you for some time. Seemingly trivial questions
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Candice Beever
Jan 15, 2011 Candice Beever rated it liked it
I won an advance copy of this book for free in a First Reads giveaway. It wasn't what I expected, but was really good. What I expected was a self-help book that motivates someone out of what they hate and into what they love. What I got was a collection of stories relating to how other people accomplished this and marketing advice in how to make your own Evil Plan work. As a college senior in Marketing, I enjoyed that.

MacLeod put into words some of the more intuitive aspects of marketing. The as
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Kelly
Feb 25, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book through GoodReads First Reads.*

When I first received my copy of "Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination," I honestly thought I'd be reading a humorous how-to guide for taking over the world, or at least my small part of it. Of course, this book was nothing like I assumed it would be, and I'm actually happy about that. In reading this book, my eyes were opened a bit, and I began to ask myself some very important questions: Do I love what I'm doi
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Craig a.k.a Meatstack
First off: I received this book for free as a Goodreads giveaway. I just want to get that out there first and foremost.

Now, about this book. Although I'm quite grateful for receiving this gift from the publisher, I'm also glad I did not purchase this book. I'll go into the contents in a moment, but the book itself felt like, what's called in the video game market, "Shovelware." Chapters were never more than 3-4 pages, and in one extreme example, was only the title. This was usually followed by t
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Librarybarbie
Jan 27, 2011 Librarybarbie rated it liked it
I received an ARC through GoodReads First Reads.

I am not sure what kind of book I thought I was getting but I expected great things from the title. I can almost envision a black handlebar mustache being twisted and a very wicked laugh as the title is being read. Because of that, I may have set myself up to expect too much, humor-wise. Don't get me wrong, the book does have some humor in it but it is much more of what I would consider college/life coach marketing techniques book with antidotes a
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A Book Vacation
Jun 19, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it it was ok
I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when FedEx pulled up and delivered a package I wasn’t expecting. Upon grasping the envelope, I knew it was a book, but I couldn’t fathom what the title was, seeing as I haven’t ordered any new books lately. The book turned out to be an advanced copy of Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, by Hugh MacLeod, which won’t be out in bookstores until the middle of this month. Imagine my surprise! An invoice was located inside the book, and it ...more
Miss Melissa
Apr 15, 2011 Miss Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: careers, adult-book
I recieved this book as a giveaway on goodreads first reads.

I really thought the book would be more humorous than it was. It gives scattered advice and anecdotes about completely changing your career and following your ultimate dream or “evil plan.” Some of the points were very good, however the book is filled with the author’s own cartoons (which sometimes relate to the previous chapters and often times not) and references to his own blog/website. So while a reader might pick this up for career
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Angel Graham
Jun 19, 2015 Angel Graham rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Business, Self Help
Recommended to Angel by: Goodreads Firstreads
I received this book a few weeks ago and read it little by little as I usually do with "hard copy" books. *versus e-books*

This book went with me to my Dr. Appointments and on more than one occasion caused me to laugh out loud. Sometimes at what Hugh MacLeod said, and sometimes at the fun drawings he did in this book.

Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination" was not at all what I was expecting it to be, but it ended up being a very timely book for me. Mr. MacLeod teaches us that we
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C
Jan 15, 2011 C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
15 January 2011

I received an advance copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads.

Evil Plans is not a touchy-feely self help book about imagining the life you want and waiting for it to fall into your hands.

Instead, I found Evil Plans to be one of those straightforward, “how it is” kind of books, that encourages the reader to believe in and chase what they love while never sugarcoating the fact that the journey will be rough. Hugh MacLeod consistently stresses the value of taking the plunge
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Uriah
Feb 12, 2011 Uriah rated it really liked it
I won this book as a first reads copy. It sounded interesting so I was excited to get it. It was a very fast read. Although I never had heard of the author, once I saw the cartoons he drew in the book, I recognized some of his work. The premise of the book is taking control of the world you want, or in other words, taking control of your life and future.

The Pros:
The book is filled with examples of the author's art
There are interesting stories and anecdotes
It is easy to read and understand

The Co
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Jean Oram
Jun 24, 2012 Jean Oram rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-books
I'm a third of the way through the book and this is what I want to say so far:

You could call this book a manifesto on how to live a real life. The one of your dreams where you break free and mark out your own path and then follow it.

Buy the book. Read a chapter a day. It's a quick, easy, fun read that is simple and to the point. You could read more than one chapter a day as the chapters are only a couple of pages long, but you need time to absorb. Plus, the content will inspire you and so you wi
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earthy
Jun 07, 2011 earthy rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
As with Ignore Everybody, I think MacLeod has great, insightful things to say, and creates some really clever comics to boot. However, also like Ignore Everybody, Evil Plans works better as blog entries than as a book. The chapters are too short, too precursory, and have very little connection from one to the other. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: BLOGGING IS NOT THE SAME THING AS WRITING A BOOK. You can't just smoosh together your blog posts and think you'll end up with a book. The ...more
Stacie Anh
Another masterpiece of Hugh, Oh i love this man! Same way to express his ideas, using the on-back-business card-art to tell us bunch of good quotes. More realistic more something-lying-down-for me to think about. He also teaches us to stay creative and get successful with happiness in the most acceptable way.8bd10ff15b60bba4cbad4bd4e2504492

So it’s a good choice to read Evil Plan AFTER Ignore everybody guys.
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