I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my Next Big Adventure.
Pondering. Plotting. Scheming. Not quite to the point where I’m ready to tell the world what that Big Adventure might be… but yes, scheming.
And today something happened that turned my scheming into planning.
It started with my eyes hurting at work, sore from looking at a computer screen all day. But it was only 4 p.m., not yet time to call it a day. So I looked through the pile of books that had arrived at my office during the last few months. Lots of job-search and career-related books, only a few that looked mildly interesting and unique. I picked up one with a bright yellow cover, Hugh MacLeod‘s Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to Domination.
And then I couldn’t put it down. I read it until 5 p.m. I left the office and read it on the bus. I forced myself to stow the book in my bag while checking out a wedding venue with my soon-to-be-married sister, then while walking the dog. I picked up where I left off, and kept reading until I finished the book, a mere six hours after first discovering it in that not-so-promising pile.
Admittedly, it’s a quick read. Half the pages are cartoons, after all. But man, this is one of those ah-ha books. MacLeod says we all need an Evil Plan, “that crazy, out-there idea that allows [you] to actually start doing something [you] love, doing something that matters.”
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. You know what you want your Next Big Adventure to be, even if you’re still at the dreaming stage. Even if you haven’t told anyone yet about your Leap. If you didn’t have something in mind, you probably would’ve stopped reading by now.
So with your Evil Plan in mind, consider these ideas from MacLeod:
I so related to these thoughts — see third point above about relevance driving success — that I hopped onto Amazon immediately after turning the last page and bought MacLeod’s first book, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity. I hope that book calls for a one-night marathon read, too.
Evil planners and soon-to-be leapers: If I offer a newsletter that gives you one step to take each week to prepare for your Leap, that helps hold you accountable for making your Evil Plan happen, would you subscribe?