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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Chris Guillebeau (P)2010 Tantor

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

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  • Louis
  • Nesconset, NY, United States
  • 03-11-11

Redundant

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!

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  • Pam
  • United States
  • 04-14-13

Good concept; Not the best execution

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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How???

How is this book so highly rated? DO NOT BUY unless you want to hear a commonsensical bragfest by the author!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Partner to 4 hr work week

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This book spoke to me, but it won't speak to everyone

I think creatives, wanderers, vagabonds, and anyone with A.D.D. will enjoy this book. It's helped me understand the reasons I'm not so great in corporate world, though I do have skills to provide the world. It covers lots of topics: travel, business, education, friendships, and even some financials. All areas have a non-conformist way to them, though you don't need to adopt all. Keep what makes sense and forget the rest.

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Changed my life

I love this book. Guillebeau got straight to the point, No fluff, priceless information. It's a must read if you are tired of sleep walking or feel like the norm is not an authentic way to live.

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Another Self-Help Book

I liked the book, but I didn’t learn anything new. I wish there were actionable steps. There seems to be a lack in this niche.

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The final push

I've been wanting to escape from my current life for a few years now but never considered it posible. This book was the final push for me, I'm now pursuing a career in art and not wasting my life working for someone else doing something I hate. It's well written and comes off as more of a conversation than someone reading me a book. If your sick of your current life and need motivation to move on to bigger and better things. This book has lots of excellent advice on how you can do that. without getting bogged down by useless nonsense.

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Nothing profound

None of this book is particularly profound. Especially not as much as the author thinks it is. The book felt more like an ad to grow his brand and "small army" as he put it. Would not recommend.

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Personal advice

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.