- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Original edition (Sept. 7 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399536108
- ISBN-13: 978-0399536106
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 18.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World Paperback – Sep 7 2010
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If youve ever thought There must be more to life than this The Art of Non-Conformity is for you Based on Chris Guillebeaus popular online manifesto A Brief Guide to World Domination The Art of Non-Conformity defies common assumptions about life and work while arming you with the tools to live differently Youll discover how to live on your own terms by exploring creative self-employment radical goal-setting contrarian travel and embracing life as a constant adventure Inspired and guided by Chriss own story and those of others who have pursued unconventional lives you can devise your own plan for world domination-and make the world a better place at the same time
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I thought it was going to be full of antidotes, which I think I would of enjoyed a lot more.
First the positive stuff: Yup, this will get you in the proper mindset for examining your priorities, needs and goals. (But, what self-help book doesn't?) It's encouraging to hear how the author has "made do" (and then some, apparently) with an unconventional approach to "making a living", while actually managing to have some fun. He's perhaps the ultimate paradigm for getting paid for play. An inspiration or model for others? Perhaps.
The book starts out as if it will really lead up to something, but peters out; a promising "let's get our thinking in order" platform kind of trails off into a series of vignettes concerning his quest to visit every country on earth, ramblings on "world domination" (his rather loose construct for living live on your own terms) and numerous appropriations from a number of other self-help guide authors (Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Chris Brogan, etc.) If cheer-leading is what you're looking for, this book never relents. If you want more, you'll be disappointed.
In sum, this is what I call a 'booklet' - a couple of core ideas that have been expanded and expounded on enough to fill several hundred pages. (Seth Godin is a master of churning out an endless series of flabby brochures of this kind.) EVERYTHING in this book is available for free on Gillebeau's blog. As much as I like Guillebeau and admire his feisty way of making a living, I can't avoid observing that a BIG part of this book is pure filler. On the other hand, if you want to get a (quick) handle on why Guillebeau's blog is so damn popular, this is probably as good a way as any. (Just don't expect to start issuing world orders right away.)
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