Title: Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination (Affiliate Link)
Page count: 179 in hardback
Rating: 9 out of 10
The Punch Line: This book is an easy read, with BIG ideas, a challenge to the status quo, and both hilarious and inspirational cartoons throughout. If you’re not happy with just showing up and you are considering pursuing uncertainty by chasing your passion… Go get this book NOW.
Extended Thoughts and Summary:
Importantly, what is an Evil Plan according to Mr. MacLeod?
Quite simply, an Evil Plan is finding a way to unify work and love to make a living.
What makes it evil?
Nothing, really. But in the eyes of others, it might just be evil that you have found a way to do what you love and make enough money to live well… Sounds pretty good to me. But I can see how others might be upset (until they embraced their own Evil Plan).
MacLeod certainly shows his admiration of Seth Godin, his mentor, by reflecting Godin’s typical book layout and ‘chapter’ length. The longest chapter here is four to five pages.
Throughout the book, MacLeod includes many of his cartoons… Some relevant to the writing, others requiring more abstract thought and imagination to see any linkage whatsoever. No matter – every single cartoon provides a nugget of wisdom, inspiration, or thought-provoking drawing and writing.
‘Hugh,’ as he signs his cartoons, tells a good deal of his story and relates it back to your life and story today. He provides actionable information to take your life from drone-status to Evil Plan, pronto.
In a matter of hours Hugh will have you wondering where in the heck you went wrong, drawing cartoons, plotting your Evil Plan, and potentially drafting your letter of resignation… Are you ready for that?
Here’s what Hugh says about it at the end of the book:
So, sooner or later you’re going to have to explain to your friends and family exactly why you decided to quit your stable 401(k) job and go off on some long-term act of lunacy – by which I mean your Evil Plan.
I don’t know exactly what you’ll tell them. I do know, however, that somewhere in the back of your mind will be a feeling that you have something you want to give to the world, something that you haven’t given yet, something the world needs but doesn’t yet quite know it.
Boom. Thanks Hugh, you almost precisely articulated the ‘Why’ behind taking bold action and setting out to change the world.
Here’s my question: are you in, or out? We need you to get going on your Evil Plan. It doesn’t mean you have to quit your job… It just means you have to find a way to start doing what you love and giving that gift to the world. Hugh wants you to start today… Me too.