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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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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.

Review:

"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:

"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." Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

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"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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”  — Marcus Aurelius

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it neednt be this way. There is a formula for success thats been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.

This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

 

Synopsis:

These days its increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?

Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

About 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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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399536106
Author:
Guillebeau, Chris
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Author:
Chris
Author:
Slim, Pamela
Author:
Holiday, Ryan
Author:
Guillebeau,
Subject:
General
Subject:
Careers - General
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Careers
Subject:
Success
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”  — Marcus Aurelius

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it neednt be this way. There is a formula for success thats been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.

This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
These days its increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?

Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

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