Evil Plans by Hugh MacLeod

Evil Plans

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 that matters. Life is short." -Hugh MacLeodFreud once said that in order to ...

Details Evil Plans

TitleEvil Plans
Release DateFeb 17th, 2011
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help, Art

Reviews Evil Plans

  • The Crimson Fucker
    I have a confession to make some of you may be surprised about what Im about to say some may say that they already knew others may try to deny it! but I have to say this! IM EVIL! Im 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 fl...
  • J.F. Penn
    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 ar...
  • 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 ...
  • Wondra Vanian
    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 issu...
  • Book Him Danno
    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 frien...
  • Jon Humphrey
    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,...
  • Truly
    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 ones 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 u...
  • Kristen
    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 ti...
  • Cheryl
    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,...
  • Adoptry
    There are a few deep insights in the book on the value of creating a career that's independent of the goodwill of your boss or doing someone else's agenda. The book squarely fits into the "motivational" category - lots of what to do but really thin on how. The first couple of chapters were poorly written but the writing did improve over the course of the book. The saving grace is that it is only about 80 pages so it can be completed quite quickly...
  • Brian
    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.
  • Yuen Tan
    Reading this right after the book on Digital Minimalism, I was trying to get a different view on (making a) living WITH technology. High McLeod posthumous book has some good insights on how to make a living via blogs but I just did not enjoy reading this -1. ebook version render the cartoons not legible2. short pieces did not go in a recognizable sequence3. Theres nothing Evil about making a living through doing things you love Essentially, he ad...
  • Jakub
    Maybe I would like this book in 2010/11 and before I had kids etc And maybe I did as I have strange feeling that I already read it and if it didn't sick in my mind that means it wasn't worth it. And after reading it again (or for the first time) I don't think its worth it.It's all about "old" - DO YOUR SHIT EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SOCIAL LIFE mantra that I'm not a fan of. What's the point of having mln in a bank account if I all can do with this ...
  • Kate Jenner
    Quote an inspiring book about starting up on your own. The Chapted 'Death by Stuff' certainly struck a chord. Essentially it says the earlier in your life you make the decision to do what you love ,the easier it is. People in their 30s and beyond often hate their work but love their 'stuff'. When I changed careers in my early 30s others said they wished they could, but they had no choice. Really it's the acceptance that "stuff" is so much less im...
  • Brenten Gilbert
    RATING 3.875 STARSAnother fun and inspiring book about striking out and hatching your "evil plan" - or life's calling - complemented nicely with MacLeod's enjoyable cartoons.Not everyone will agree with everything here, but I think I can best sum it up in the most complementary way for MacLeod by simply stating that he is a "Waker".
  • Cody
    Good quick read, but incohesive. Good ideas and topics that each deserve their own book, but put together, didn't cone together for me.
  • Max
    Nice, fun and still very actual.
  • KsMatins Bodunrin
    Great book.
  • Roger
    This book may in fact lead to your own path. Or at least give you the feeling that no one cares and that doesn't matter. Sage advice.
  • Joomi Park
    A really simple book that urges you to go and fulfill your Evil Plan. Felt like I already knew all the tips he gave. Wasn't that into this book at all and found it cheesy at times too.
  • Matt Blair
    I liked this one. A quick and charming read that will get you moving on some of your better ideas.
  • A Book Vacation
    I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when FedEx pulled up and delivered a package I wasnt expecting. Upon grasping the envelope, I knew it was a book, but I couldnt fathom what the title was, seeing as I havent 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 wont be out in bookstores until the middle of this month. Imagine my surprise! ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 wr...
  • Angel Graham
    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 t...
  • Lorissa
    (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 wi...
  • Kelly
    *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 som...
  • Librarybarbie
    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/lif...
  • C
    15 January 2011I 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 cons...