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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"This is a direct, honest and truly scary book. I hope you have the guts to listen to what Chris has to say, and not become one of the monkeys he warns you about."
-Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
"Chris Guillebeau is the Indiana Jones of career experts."
-Gretchen Rubin author of The Happiness Project
"The Art of Non-Conformity is like a lightning bolt to the head. Read it and your brain will spark and sizzle."
- Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome
"The conventional world order has blown up, much to the relief of students, cubicle dwellers, artists and activists who knew there was a better way. This brilliant book will wake you up and inspire you as it guides you to create a new life on your own terms, earn a great living and positively impact your corner of the world."
-Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
"Some people are content to report on others' success. Not Chris. He lives and breathes what others dare to dream, pushes the envelope of possibility, then shares his experiences, lessons, tools, ideas and strategies in a way that makes it all seem not just doable...but imperative. Go! Read this book now!"
- Jonathan Fields, author of Career Renegade
"Chris Guillebeau's delightfully rebellious book, The Art of Non- Conformity, teaches us how to live with gusto, on our own terms, and bring excitement into our lives. His encouraging and witty tone will inspire even the least courageous person to make bold steps. I love this book!"
-Barbara Sher, author of I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
"Here's the way to find your own path, set your own rules and find your own purpose-and all with courage and grace, resilience and style."
-Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work
"Chris Guillebeau is an inspiration. Many people talk about living their dreams, and here's a young person who has actually done it- traveling around the world, giving back to the community, and getting paid to work on his own terms. The Art of Non-Conformity tackles the toughest problems associated with following your passion, and Chris supports the provided viewpoints with eye-opening statistics and anecdotes. He derives valuable life lessons from all of his experiences, and we have been privileged to go along for the ride."
-Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You
"Do not be surprised if you start noticing the guy next to you in the coffee shop or the woman seated across the aisle on your plane intently reading a battered copy of The Art of Non-Conformity. It's not just a book, after all, it's a beloved companion for those who know that life is an adventure worth exploring."
-Barbara J. Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job
About the Author
Chris Guillebeau is a writer, world traveler, entrepreneur, and lifelong learner. Self-employed for his entire adult life, he currently writes for an army of remarkable people at ChrisGuillebeau.com and is a regular contributor to CNN.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Huffington Post, and other outlets.
Dan John Miller has earned multiple Audie Award nominations, winning for The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman; has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine; and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.)
I loved the 4 Hour Workweek, but Tim Ferriss always strikes me as superhuman somehow - one of those ridiculously energetic, motivated people who is completely relentless. I find Chris Guillebeau's writing to be more accessible, not because he is any less amazing, but because he comes across as ridiculously humble, and primarily focused on helping other people be extraordinary. In this book he strikes me as a normal guy doing extraordinary things. I find myself referring back to this book whenever I feel pressured to expend energy conforming to standards that I don't buy into. The Art of Non-Conformity is very much about asking questions and challenging the status quo.
If you need a book to help you start taking your own dreams seriously, buy this one.
Guillebeau has been an inspiration to many via his blog, and has made a point of personally responding to readers and asking questions about how they've chosen to live their lives. As a result, he has aggregated his knowledge from years of travel (and years of volunteering in Africa) and from learning from those around him into his book.
Among other things, what stood out for me was two questions Guillebeau suggests we ask ourselves
'What do I really want to get out of life?' and
'What can I offer the world that no one else can?'
However, he doesn't stop there. Unlike many other 'break free of the status quo' type books, he also urges his readers to use the skills we have and the dreams we've cultivated to help make the world a better place. At the end of Chapter 3, he notes "In the end, it's not about you. Most of us want a life that leaves a positive impact on others."
What this book won't do is give you a point by point 'how-to' manual to change your life. The book is a broad based source of inspiration, with plenty of stories featuring travelers, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers.Read more ›
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