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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

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by Chris Guillebeau

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If you've ever thought, "There must be more to life than this," The Art of Non-Conformity is for you.

Based on Chris Guillebeau's 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. You'll discover how to live on


If you've ever thought, "There must be more to life than this," The Art of Non-Conformity is for you.

Based on Chris Guillebeau's 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. You'll 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 Chris's 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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Publishers Weekly
The underlying message of Guillebeau's book, based on his popular blog, is that "You don't have to live your life the way other people expect you to." Those who are open-minded, ready to challenge the status-quo, hard-working, and personally responsible can lead lives of rare authenticity through radical goal-setting, the author counsels, rewriting motivational standards in edgier prose: "The pathway to world domination, or whatever it is you want to do, begins with clearly understanding what you want to get out of life." Although directed at readers of all ages, his message is likely to appeal most to those without dependents. Although he believes that "competence is your security," many readers may feel a need for more of a safety net than that, such as a retirement plan. The ideas presented here are interesting, the advice grounded in logic and common sense, and, ironically, the outlook based in the same outside-the-box thinking that corporations are coming to adopt. The author challenges the status quo on college degrees, spending and saving, employment, collecting, and other issues, and coaches for success with a likeable, energetic voice. Peppered throughout with stories from his own life, Guillebeau's intriguing guide will motivate readers to listen to their impulses and realize their goals.
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From the Publisher
"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

Library Journal
We are living in austere times, but this inspiring book suggests how to survive and even thrive in this environment. Guillebeau, creator of the online manifesto A Brief Guide to World Domination, embraces challenging the status quo and valuing personal freedom and service to others above all. From the perspective of his extensive international experiences, unconventional higher education, and reliance on self-employment, he describes ways to escape the constraints of a typical life and construct a more remarkable one based on one's passions and focus on a worthwhile legacy. Like a modern-day hippie, he espouses countercultural values concerning money, possessions, and formal higher education, though hard work and determination are also emphasized. Trained in sociology, Guillebeau maintains his own website and is a regular contributor to news outlets such as CNN and BusinessWeek. In addition to his personal story, the book contains further sources of information on innovative travel and frugal living. Though his book is thought-provoking and well crafted, the ambitiously simple lifestyle he advocates may not be practical for many. VERDICT A spirited self-help guide to reclaiming work and reinventing life in the 21st century. Recommended for free-thinking readers.—Antoinette M. Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN

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"Chris Guillebeau is the Indiana Jones of career experts." —-Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Meet the Author

Chris Guillebeau writes for an army of remarkable people at ChrisGuillebeau.com. He is also a regular contributor to CNN.com, Business Week, Huffington Post, and other outlets.

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Art of Non-Conformity 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
UnrulyGuides More than 1 year ago
Chris Guillebeau has a popular blog also called the Art of Non-Conformity, and he's taken is honest, thoughtful style to inspire even more people (offline) to pursue their goals and dreams with a realistic, practical approach to work, school and freedom. Chris is a down-to-earth guy who surprised people like myself when he "snuck" on the online blog scene with his excellent manifestos like "A Brief Guide to World Domination" isn't some fake guru-esque model with unrealistic plans or generic information. Chris is a good example of someone who walks the talk, who helps you be your better self -- to make a real impact on the world. Roxanne of Unruly Guides
sageco More than 1 year ago
Galway Kinnell writes in the poem St. Francis and the Sow, "...everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; / though sometimes it is necessary / to reteach a thing its loveliness". Returning to that innate blossoming of self-blessing takes most of us most of our lives--if ever at all. Chris Guillebeau has a gift for reteaching loveliness -- through his words as well as his example. Guillebeau is one of the most coherent people I have ever experienced. His integration of who he is, what he does, and what he offers to his "small army of remarkable people" has created a momentum of leadership and authority that is inspiring, informative and, simply, remarkable. He invites people to do as he does: set your own rules, live the life you want, and change the world. In this way, Guillebeau is reteaching each of us the loveliness that was our birthright: that we are a whole person capable of unfolding to our greatest potential. If you want to call your soul back -- or line up even one little, jilted feather that is limiting your flight, I'd recommend reading The Art of Non-Conformity. Guillebeau will invite you back into the truth that your life can be remarkable. He will help you align with what you have always known, but may have forgotten: that it is your birthright to do meaningful work that nourishes you and the community you serve.(He will also explain exactly how to go about this, and help you see how possible it is to actually do so.) Most importantly, Guillebeau will get you so excited about living an authentic life that you may find yourself effortlessly taking a step forward into your own, greatest desires -- then another. And another. You may be familiar with the Marianne Williamson quote that begins, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?"By presenting a thoroughly exhilarating alternative to this life-shackling fear, Guillebeau's The Art of Non-Conformity invites the reader to welcome all that we are--then use the force of our alignment to move where we were always meant to go.
Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
The subtitle, the blurbs on the cover, and the quotes on the inside of the book do an excellent job marketing Chris Guillebeau's The Art of Non-Conformity. It is about time that someone set forth to write a common sense guide to establishing one's own priorities not based on a blinded society's rules as to what life "should" be. Educated at a traditional institution, Chris Guillebeau quickly realized that he wanted to live by his own rules, establishing his own terms and determining to make a difference in the world by setting his own priorities. In straightforward, non-nonsense language, he explains how he set out to visit every single country in the world and dispelled common myths along the way about how life should be lived. Admittedly, Guillebeau retained little useful information from his academic education and firmly believes that life experience is by far the better education. What keeps most people from achieving their potential is fear, and most fears are baseless, taught to us by an ignorant society. Guillebeau explains that while fear is normal and rational, one can overcome fears in order to achieve a higher purpose and break through society's expectations. Another challenge to achieving goals is overcoming authority. Clearly, Guillebeau is against established authority, and without directly saying so, he actually appears to condone law-breaking in defiance of authority while praising activist Tim DeChristopher's illegal intervention in outbidding oil companies in the purchasing of land. While it's fine to challenge authority, suggesting one break the law in order to get ahead in life hardly seems like logical advice. After all, how much can you really accomplish in life and change the world from behind bars? At times, Guillebeau directly contradicts himself. He states, "Entertainment and publishing firms establish a cartel that promotes mediocrity and hinders independent artists." Yet Guillebeau himself is published by Perigee, a division of The Penguin Group, one of the largest publishing houses in the world. If we are to expect that Guillebeau really lives by his principles, why would he not have chosen an independent publishing house or merely self-published? Is he another sell-out toting advice that he, himself, does not follow? Key to Guillebeau's insight are concepts such as self-belief and the importance of travel. Overall, The Art of Non-Conformity is full of motivation and mind-set, but it is very lean on strategy as to concrete actions someone can take to begin living the life they want. One strategy that Guillebeau does explain in detail is the importance of being debt-free. He has chosen what many might call a minimalist existence, ridding himself of the need for unnecessary material things and wasted time. Overall, The Art of Non-Conformity is motivational and inspiring. When combined with a more strategic book like Barbara Sher's Wishcraft (which Guillebeau acknowledges in his book), it can be part of a useful armory of tools to help one achieve one's greatest desires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ebook isnt even in order nor does it have full context. Waste of 13 dollars.....
PreLawAdviser More than 1 year ago
If you've ever asked any of the following questions, you should read this book. Why do most people have to have a "job"? Why do most jobs require you to work 40 hours a week? Why does everyone have to go to college? Why is work deemed more important than spending time with family and friends? Is there a different way to work and be happy? This is the story of how one guy created the work and life of his dreams. It's an enjoyable book: thought-provoking, easy to read and quite inspiring. If you are hoping this book will be a step-by-step primer for how you can change your own life and career, I think you will be disappointed. But if you are reading it to expand your mind, inspire yourself, and think outside of the box, then I think you will like it. For me, the book was worth picking up just for the section on "A Second Look at Conventional Assumptions" on pages 73-74.
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readrgrl More than 1 year ago
The Art of non-conformity, interesting title I thought. I will admit this book helped me see things in a different light, perspective, and challenged me to think a little differently. I will on the other hand also say that it wasn't a huge eye opener for me or left me feeling like I was going to go out and change the world. I suppose it's because I already feel like we should do what we love and what we find valuable despite of what others may think (friends or family). If you are looking for some insightful ways to change your life keep one thing in mind-no book is going to do this for you, it's up to us! When we are ready to stop making excuses we will make changes then. I bought this book because I felt I was more than ready to make some changes in my life (nothing too drastic just stuff I was putting off). I have already started the wheels turning. I'd recommend this book to someone who's thinking about making changes and living life for their own happiness despite of our society's belief system. If you truly want a new perspective and think you tend to err on being more conservative then this book may help. Also, if you are teetering near the edge of making some real life changes, this may just push you over the edge to making your dreams come true. Keep in mind no matter what, it's up to you to make these changes happen. It's not magic, you must do the work. For me it was ok, but I can see how maybe for others this book would be life changing in some way.
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