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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"Chris Guillebeau is the Indiana Jones of career experts." (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)
Science writer in America's heartland
The author seems to have lived some kind of magical life in which he's done amazing things that most people wouldn't attempt, all without negative consequences. Good for him, really! But I would have liked to have some advice for people like me who want to bring some less dramatic forms of non-conformity into their lives.
I feel bad writing this review as I haven't posted a negative review for a book, ever. But after listening to this one for an hour or 2, I couldn't get past how redundant the message was. Every 5 minutes the author taunts you with his (or his friends) world travels, and how you should just pick up and go travel the world. This books is definitely guided by the authors past travels, but I didn't catch any tools or plans to help live life differently.
Maybe that comes later in the book, but again, I couldn't get past his redundant rambling on his own life. It's cool, you work where you want and when you want. I get it, just don't keep repeating it every other paragraph!
If you liked the four hour work week, you will like this book also. The tone and narrator are much friendlier than in the four hour work week. There are less how-to examples, but more theory and positive messages. Just like 4 hour work week, it will re-set the way you think about your career and life. There is a stronger "give back" message in this book as well. I am a small business owner that spends all my time trying to get my business to run without me! I get closer every day, but not there yet. Reading books like this one reminds me of my purpose.
The art of non-conformity can be summed up as a collection of advice based on one person's experience. I didn't find it particularly informative or thought provoking.
I was skeptical about reading this book because of the negative reviews. I am 60 and received life changing ideas. The audible version is very good. It's not so much about traveling the world as it is about accepting responsibility for our lives in a positive way.
For anyone is dissatisfied with the cubicle life, this is a must-read. For those already on the path of creating an extraordinary life, expect valuable insights that may spark new ideas.
While I gained much value from this book, especially tips on building a small army and travel hacks, there were not as many "a-ha!" moments as I was hoping for. Admittedly, my life is already structured much like Chris's, and I've been a member of "the living", as he says, for 10 years. It was extremely reaffirming though and reignited my passion for travel.
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