The glowing face & Ignore Everybody!

Hugh MacLead Cartoon on a business card - gapingvoid.comHere I am again, sitting in front of big square light giving me a glowing face.  I do this a lot- for work, for buying books from Audible and getting them on my Zune, for managing the finances, for social networking, for … the list goes on.

So, how do I feel about buying a book, where most of the content can be found on the authors blog?    I could be sitting here, with my glowing face, piping the same wisdom into my skull!

This thought came to me as I was reading
Hugh MacLeod’s "Ignore Everybody -
And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
(and books from Seth Godin and Nicholas Bate for that matter).  Hugh’s route to fame was through his blog at which he’s persisted for years – starting sway back in 2001 when he was living in the UK (and when only the cool cats had even heard of such a thing)!  And his ‘cartoons on the back of business cards’.

The book came directly from the blog, in fact it was preceded by an online version called “How to be creative” and today you’ll find the first 12 ‘keys’ as in the book, online.

The thing about the content for me is that it comes from Hugh’s experience… he’s lived the challenges and put his thoughts out there – and the challenges are ones that I can connect with, and Hugh’s responses give me that “oh, someone else feels the same way, and that’s a good point!” feeling.

I loved it.

So, was it worth buying, when most of the wisdom is already online?  Oh yes - for this and all the authors I’ve read who publish their wisdom online.  I’m pleased for the break from the glow and revel in the space to enjoy the words away from the pace of my PC.


Title: Ignore Everybody – And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Format: Book 158 pages
Author: Hugh MacLeod


Being the Best – The A-Z of Personal Success

CIMG1538CIMG1538I’d estimate that I first benefited from Nicholas Bate’s teaching in around 1995 when I attended one of his training courses.  I was struck by how different the course was from typical corporate training.  For example, Nicholas was the first trainer I’d met that focused on improving you as an individual in order that your work may benefit – rather than on specific work related skills that are still the more typical focus.  Both are of course required but the former will also help you find the right work as well as do your work right.

I discovered only recently that Nicholas was an author – quite prolific as it turns out with 18 or more titles!  ‘Being the BestBeing the Best’ was my first, the first of many I’m sure.  This one fits in to a category that I call ‘10 minutes a day’ books.

It’s quite literally an A-Z, each letter of the alphabet associated with a word and a few pages of description – A is Attention, B is Belief, C is Compass, … N is Niche… V is Vision etc.  Where each section is easy to read and full of the most profoundly sensible suggestions and advice.

You shouldn’t underestimate the the highly accessible format.  On that training course back in 1995 the attendees walked away with a compass – a reminder of what I think is the most important lesson in the book.  I’m not sure I realised quite how fundamentally important, thank goodness for ‘Being the Best – The A-Z of Personal Success’ for reminding me!

Format: BookBook, 200 pages
Author: Nicholas Bate

Incidentally, Nicholas has a great blog you should check out on the Business of Life + Life of Business


p.s. ‘work’ here is meant in the broadest sense whether it’s as the owner/manager of a business, part-time charity work, a job, running a household, whatever… everyone should enjoy their work.  If you don’t, change something - your approach, your attitude, your work…  If you’re not doing your ideal work, you’re probably holding a space that is someone else's ideal.