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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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!

13 of 14 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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just OK

I read a lot of books- I just did not get any great new insights from this one. I love the be an individual theme throughout the book though

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Not useful or inspiring to me

After two hours I realized it was just background noise, with no useful tips or strategies. I didn't feel inspired and wasn't really interested in what was being said. I was very disappointed, because I had heard great things and loved the title of the book.

I can't imagine this book being good for anyone unless you have never come across the idea of non-conformity at all in your life. If you heard about this book because you've already heard from other people (in books or podcasts, or maybe even some shows or movies) about the advantages of being yourself, I don't think this book is going to offer anything beyond what you know. It was too surface level and basic.

I just listened to "The Power of No" by James Altucher and his wife, which, although not for everyone, I found a lot more interesting. There were also many action items to help you move toward your goal. I would recommend "The Power of No" over "The Art of Non-Comformity", and I'm sure there are others I would recommend too, but these were my first reads in this sort of category.