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


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Spencer Bialek, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Spencer Bialek)
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me some great ideas to incorporate into my life, and many things to look forward to in the future.
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Sage, October 28, 2010 (view all comments by Sage)
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. Chris 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. Both practical and inspirational, this book paints the picture of how you can start moving toward these goals today.

Challenging conventional ideas of how one becomes an authority (in one's own life and in the world), Guillebeau offers real-life examples of a variety of entrepreneurs who live and work and prosper on their own terms, without the requisite degrees and accolades we have come to expect. What a thrill to be invited into my power right now -- and to let that lead me forward. Getting permission from "the establishment" is nice; but giving myself permission to do great things is revolutionary.

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.
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tyler.tervooren, October 23, 2010 (view all comments by tyler.tervooren)
The Art of Non-Conformity is a thoughtful look at how we live our lives, but it's much more than just an observation. Through-out the book, Chris stresses the point that you don't have to live the way everyone else expects you to. In fact, it's incredibly important that you don't.

If you're the type that looks for new and unique ways to solve problems and do exciting things in your life, then you'll enjoy The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris chronicles his own experiences living an unconventional life and points to some very poignant lessons that can be learned from taking an average idea and turning it on its head.

It's not just Chris, though. The book tells the stories of several other people that made the decision to do things differently and took their own lives from average to extraordinary, with a heavy focus on life, entrepreneurship, and travel.

It's an inspiring and motivating tale that is light on judgment, heavy on strategies and tactics, and also comes with a suite of bonus material that's available for free online.
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FarmerJoe, October 13, 2010 (view all comments by FarmerJoe)
You know, I used to like CG. Til I realized what he was about.

Chapter Six of this book! And I quote.

"…how to bluff my way through exams, how to quickly memorize (and quickly forget), and how to make myself look good."

Grad school: Nice piece of paper
Blogosphere: Highly active readership, speaking offers, side business, book contract."

This book is anti-intellectual and basically tells you to cheat your way through college, like he did, and start a blog, and then you'll really make it. Because you're too smart for school, right? You could totally get a PhD without working, but who needs THAT?

Sorry to break the illusion, but this just tells me two things.
1. That you enjoy lying and cheating to get through a difficult experience and
2. Approval seeking matters more to you than intellect.

Pretty much any time anyone says this. “I could get a Ph.D, sure, no problem, but why bother?” Sure, and I could totally invent a giant crime-fighting robot, but not today, I don’t want to mess up my hair.

Basing your life on seeking approval through comments and speaking engagements instead of worthwhile knowledge and pursuit of learning shows that he doesn't value education. At all. This is insulting to anyone who has done the work and gone through grad school. (And for the record, I haven't.) But I'm indignant that this is what passes for self help literature these days.
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leslie obrien, September 7, 2010 (view all comments by leslie obrien)
I'm not seeking world domination. In fact, some days simply getting out of bed proves too difficult. But as Guillebeau says, "You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to." And once that truly sinks in, learning to live the life you want, even if in baby steps, is possible. Now this isn't a bible and don't expect to be preached to, because you won't. So if you aren't ready for change, hold off on buying this book. But if you have even the slightest tingle of the desire for change, by all means, read this book. Quickly.
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Guillebeau, Chris
Perigee Books
Acuff, Jon
Arment, Ben
Slim, Pamela
Holiday, Ryan
Careers - General
Personal Growth - General
General Self-Help
Self-Help : General
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from 12
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from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Chris Guillebeau is the Indiana Jones of career experts. With his signature insight and humor, he tackles a critical question: How do we forge the life of our dreams in the face of overwhelming pressure to conform and avoid risks? In The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris adds a fresh perspective, drawn from his non-conforming adventures, to the lively debate. Those who follow Chris's wildly popular blog will welcome these ideas in the more comprehensive book form — or give it as a gift to people who need it."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The Art of Non-Conformity is like a lightning bolt to the head. Read it and your brain will spark and sizzle."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Based on Guillebeau's popular online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World Domination," this work explains to readers how to set their own rules, live the life they want, and change the world.
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“Some people are content to help fulfill the dreams of their employers. But my guess is youre not one of them. You were born with a dream of your own. And this year, youre doing something about it.”


Somewhere along your road to adulthood, you pushed your dreams to the side. You had to pay bills. You feared taking a risk on yourself. And so you settled into an unfulfilling, perhaps even unpleasant career. If its any comfort, youre far from alone; 66 percent of Americans hate their jobs.

But what if someone could guide you, step-by-step, as you identify, plan, and launch your dream career—in just one year. Thats what Ben Arment does in his transformative coaching class, which has helped hundreds of people reinvent their lives to enjoy greater enthusiasm and fulfillment while also making a living.

Now hes sharing his best insights, advice, and inspiring true stories in Dream Year. Youll find out how people just like you are discovering (or rediscovering) what they were truly born to do, then following a proven process to make it real. And youll meet men and women such as . . .


  • Chuck Templeton, who created an online reservation system, OpenTable, that now serves more than thirty thousand restaurants worldwide.
  • Katie Strandlund, who launched her own event-planning business and developed a full and deeply gratifying client list.
  • Fabien Riggall, who combined his love for film and theater into a unique experience called Secret Cinema, which has reached 120,000 people.
  • Hilary Barnett, who started a social media company that now employs several team members and creates content for national brands.

Theres no dream too big to be beyond the power of the Dream Year process. But before you conclude that this all sounds terrifyingly risky, consider Arments wise words:

“Worst-case scenarios rarely happen. And even when they do, theyre not as bad as we think. In fact, what most of us call a worst-case scenario is often just a reduction in our standard of living. If it becomes as bad as youd feared, you can always get another job. You can recover your life savings. You can get your dignity back. But you can never recover what you never tried at all.”

"Synopsis" by ,
The get ready, get going guide to navigating career change and doing work you love

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changesand#151;by choice or necessityand#151;and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job.

Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way readers think about their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if youand#8217;re on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change itand#151;even if your family and mortgage mean you canand#8217;t simply pick up and move for a new opportunity.

Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true storiesand#151;not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.

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