Title: Ignore Everybody
Author: Hugh MacLeod
Summary: Short, concise pieces of text in which the author gives his life lessons supplemented by cartoons. The author is a well-knon cartoonist under the name ‘gapingvoid.com’. The combination of short life lessons, nice drawings, lots of humor and attitude make this book a great gift. I’m a huge fan.
Bits of wisdom:
- I just started drawing on the back of business cards for no reason. Because it amused me in a kind of random, arbitrary way.
- There’s a reason why feelings scare us – because what they tell us and what the rest of the world tells us are often two different things.
- It’s ‘Not doing it’ (drawing, writing, creating) – when you know full well you had the opportunity – that hurts far more than any failure.
- The best way to get approval is to not need it.
- The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will. It will inspire others to find their own sovereignty, their own sense of freedom and possibility.
- Put some of your ideas on a blog and get them ‘out there’ = start building trust.
- Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own. For me it was when I discovered drawing on the back of business cards. J.Pollock discovered splatter paint, R.Ryman discovered all-white canvases.
- Your idea doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be yours alone.
- Power is never given, power is taken.
- People respond to ‘humanity’ not to the form (your medium). They respond to your voice, not the form. Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple.
- In the early half of the twentieth century, creativity has been sacrificed in favour of the ‘team player’. There’s one problem. Team players are not very good at creating value on their own.
- Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
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