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Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
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Jul 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: lifestyle, comedy
Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Hugh MacLeod rules. Done.


"A big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but they may not want you to change. If you change, then their dynamic with you also changes. They might prefer things the way they are, that's how they love you - the way you are, not the way you may become."

"Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That's why good ideas are always initially resisted."

"It was so liberating to have something that belonged just to me and no one else, for a change. It was so liberating to feel complete sovereignty, for a change. To feel complete freedom, for a change. To have something that didn't require somebody else's money, or somebody else's approval, for a change. And of course, it was then, and only then, that the outside world started paying attention. 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 sovereignty, their own sense of freedom and possibility, will give the work far more power than the work's objective merits ever will."

"Stamina is utterly important. And stamina is only possible if it's managed well. People think all they need to do is endure one crazy, intense, job-free creative burst and their dreams will come true. They are wrong, they are stupidly wrong."

"You are responsible for your own experience."

Second-rate ideas like glorious swellings far more. Second-ideas like it when the creator starts believing his own heroic-myth crap. "Me! The Artist! The Bring of Light! Me! The Creator! Me! The Undiscovered Genius!!!" I keeps the second-rate idea alive longer."

"Every kid underestimates his competition, and overestimates his chances."

"Meanwhile the competition is at home, working their asses off."

"You have to find a way of working that makes it dead easy to take full advantage of your inspired moments. They never hit at a convenient time, nor do they last long."

"Work hard. Keep at it. Live simply and quietly. Remain humble. Stay positive. Create your own luck. Be nice. Be polite."

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