Book Review of “Ignore Everybody” by Hugh MacLeod

October 28th, 2011 by under Diane's Book Reviews. No Comments.

The book “Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity” by Hugh MacLeod, is an interesting book about many of life’s topics. I’m not sure who recommended this book to me but it was a quick, fun read with some great points.

In “Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity” there really are 40 keys, as Hugh MacLeod sees them, to being more creative.  Some are funny, some are serious, some are outrageous, and they will all make you think more about what you are doing in your life and your business than you have in a while.

I’m only going to talk about one big thing that stuck out to me in this book.  That one thing has more to do with life than business but it made me feel really grateful and it is my hope that it will do the same for you as well.

So, here is my big take away from this book…

Your big idea will change you, when you act on it and make something happen with it.  When you do that, your friends, who love you, but may not want you to change, may pull away from you and your relationship with them may change, and it may change a lot. It may even cause some of your friends to not be part of your life anymore, because if you change and are more prosperous, it might change the dynamic you have with your friends.  The thought of that scares some people.

So, if you have even one friend who has been your friend for a long time, who has seen you grow and change, who loves you as much now as they always have – even if you make more money than they do, are more well known, have had many different professions, etc. – then you should consider yourself extremely lucky.

I have a friend like this – one who I know, no matter what happens, no matter what I do, where I live or how successful I get, she will always be there for me.  When I read this part of the book, I immediately sent her a note and told her how much I appreciate her and this is part of the reason why. I’ve never felt closer or more grateful for my friend than at that moment, and in that realization.

I hope you have this in your life as well.

Good ideas alter the balance of power in relationships. That’s why good ideas are so often resisted.

My challenge to you is that if you have a good idea, execute it and make a real difference in your life and the lives of others. And, if you have a friend with an idea, don’t try to protect them. Instead, support them, encourage them, and be there beside them while they make their difference in the world.

What does that have to do with business?  Maybe nothing, but it seems to me it has everything to do with it – especially since business is about people after all, and the relationships you have with them.

Until next time……

If you would like to purchase this book click here: Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

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