The “Find-Hate-Lose-Repeat” Cycle will kill you eventually. You do know that, right?


The good news is, this is my favorite cartoon I’ve done in the last few weeks. And judging by the number of likes I got on Instagram, y’all seem to agree, for the most part.

The bad news is, how many people can relate to it, from painful experience. Far, far too many.

The Find-Hate-Lose-Repeat cycle is REALLY hard to break out of, once it’s already sucked you in.

And you don’t even need to be flipping burgers at minimum wage to end up there, you can have a fancy job title and a massive salary and still hate your life, this way.

It’ll kill you eventually. You already know that, right?

The only antidote I know for it is, find something you’re really passionate about, and then spend a few years, maybe even  a lot longer than that, figuring out how to turn it into a living. Hell, it took me TWO DECADES and a lot of bad times to learn how to do it with cartooning.

Good thing it was worth it…

[P.S. If you want to follow me on Instangram, my user name is “gapingvoid” etc.]


  1. Yep, pick a job before it picks you. I like this cartoon. Good job.

  2. So true. I kept looking for those jobs I’d end up hating because I was afraid of the long quiet slog it might take before I turned my authentic interests into paying work…

  3. Took me a while to learn every time you started working at a fabulous new job, eventually the old you showed up.

  4. Hugh,

    Thank you so much for writing this. This describes my early career quite well.

  5. Hugh McLeod,
    You are a GENIUS! I saw your books accidentally, while browsing books at a book store in Toronto, ON, Canada. Could not get away from the shelf with your books (Business section) for a long time. Best wishes. Keep writing and drawing!

  6. Instead of finding job, we should find happiness. When you create/find a job that you are happy with then you won’t hate it, you won’t lose it. I wrote something on the same lines:


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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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