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

by Chris Guillebeau


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ISBN-13: 9780399536106
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 199,690
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Guillebeau is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller Born for This. He is creator and host of the annual World Domination Summit, a gathering of cultural creatives that attracts such speakers as Susan Cain, Brené Brown, and Gretchen Rubin. Guillebeau speaks at dozens of events, companies, and universities, including Google, Facebook, SXSW, Evernote, LeWeb, and more. He recently completed a personal goal of visiting every country in the world.

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

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Art of Non-Conformity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 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.
jeremiahstover on LibraryThing 25 days ago
A Game changer (or Paradigm shifter). This book asks hard questions and opens up the possibility of hard answers. The author strives to bring his agenda to light at the very beginning - stating that for this book to be of any value to you the following must be true (it is not sufficient for you to think they are true).1) You must be open to new ideas2) You must be dissatisfied with the status quo3) You must be willing to take personal responsibility4) You must be willing to work hardThis is the book I have been looking for for years, but maybe I was not ready for it before now. This book is not about how to get rich or have lots of money, but more on how you can help others and enjoy your life in the process.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing 25 days ago
i really, really enjoyed this book. while i would have appreciated more practical advice, this book was still a necessary kick in the pants to stop waiting for permission and to instead start living. this is a manifesto about living life on your own terms, particularly around the work that you do. good stuff.
Deesirings on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is punchy and inspirational. While the author relies on his on experience as an illustration of his basic manifesto that we should all lead remarkable lives, he remembers to return to his theme and does not make this a book simply about his own experience. This is far from being a memoir or a plea in favour of fallowing the author's particular path -- rather it is about the value in finding your path and concrete tips on how to walk that path once you've found it. It is both practical and concrete and also philosophical and ideological.
loveradiator on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is a fun book, fast to read and full of great ideas. Chris Guillebeau has packed together tips for travel, writing, and being true to yourself. I highly recommend it. September 7, 2010 he started his Unconventional Book tour, where he'll be visiting all 50 states and talking about the book for 7 minutes. The rest of the time he'll be talking about whatever the people who show up want to talk about. And there may be cupcakes! He describes the tour as "a book tour like no other ¿ self-funded, collectively-organized, and most importantly of all ¿ not boring. "
chuewyc on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I enjoyed the majority of this book. I really liked the concept of going a different route or at least seeing what the different route would look like. Got a little bored near the end when he went into the places he has scene and who to go about all the traveling but i understand why he put it into the book
hlavolam on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Highly motivated book which is full of experience and specific outlook on the world. Some parts are filled with travel or other advices that may be useful indeed. First half of book is awesome but this rate is slowly reduced to last chapters which are boring.
waitingtoderail on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Not a bad book for its genre, and one that actually seems like it has some real meat to it - but as with most of these "jettison the trappings of your current life and do like me" tomes, it's really just a book about the author and how to be exactly like him. Which doesn't sound bad at all, its just that these books always seem to be written by people who don't have kids. So if you don't have kids and never want to or plan to, and you're looking to escape from the boredom of a cubicle job and a mortgage, I'd definitely say to check this out over most other books of its type, but there's way too much focus on the author's own goal of traveling to every country in the world than can really be helpful.
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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