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The Art of Non Conformity [Kindle Edition]

Chris Guillebeau
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Book Description

Chris Guillebeau shot to fame when he published a report on his blog called 'A Brief Guide to World Domination'. Within weeks, it was downloaded more than 100,000 times in over 60 countries, written about in the New York Times and endorsed by Seth Godin. It outlined a plan to 'take over the world' by doing what is most meaningful whilst helping others in unique way. The Art of Non-Conformity expands upon the gutsy ideas first introduced in Guillebeau's blog, focusing on three areas: life, work and travel.

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"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" "Chris Guillebeau is the Indiana Jones of career experts." -Gretchen Rubin author of "The Happiness Project" ""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" "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" "Some people are content to report on others' success. Not Chris. He lives and breathes what.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399536108
  • Publisher: turnaround (26 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JC8NLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 6 Aug. 2011
I wanted to like this book but struggled through it. If you've read blog posts and other such writings on the subject then you're probably not the target audience for this book. It feels like an absolute beginners guide and rather unfocussed. After finishing, I felt I hadn't read anything new here.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Brizdaz
I'm not saying this is a bad book to read,nor am I saying it is a great book to read either,but it is quite obvious for people like myself,who read "The Four-Hour Work Week" first,that Chris has just regurgitated a lot what was already said in that book,and just shown us how he has applied a lot of those principles that he learned from reading that book to his own venture here,and at his blog.
That being said,he does promise that a certain percentage of the profit from the sales of this book goes to a charity in Africa,that helps to give the people clean drinking water,so if you find you didn't like this book,at least you have the knowledge of knowing you played a small part in helping there.
And you can always come here and write a review if you feel that bad about having bought it.
My verdict :
An OK read,but if you haven't read "The Four-Hour Work Week",grab that first and read this afterward,and I think you'll see what I mean here.All in all,this is a fine example of a guy trying to put what he learned from reading "The Four-Hour Work Week" into practice,in his own life.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
I grew up in an era when "conformity" was a grey, grey word to colour parents, teachers and people with clerical jobs. (Oddly, manual workers were neither conformist nor non-conformist: they were "the workers" and as such outside cultural judgement.) Back then we knew what it was people were conforming to: marriage, children, job-for-life working for a bank or one of the nationalised industries or in government, washing the car on Sunday and middle-brow culture. It meant fitting in with what other people said they expected you to do and believe.

An updated version of this is roughly what Chris Guillebreau means by "conformity". I think he makes two mistakes. The first is that post-modern capitalist economies don't want you to conform, except to your employers' dress and IT codes. Expecting you to conform to anything else would mean setting standards and training people and generally making commitments, and post-modern capitalism needs to be able to dump it, outsource it, price it out of your salary range and generally melt it into air at any time with minimum disruption and expense. The second mistake is that conforming is not about product choice and how we make the rent, and many of the choices we make are constrained by the numbers. Most of us have to work 9-5 because most jobs are 9-5, not freelance. Most of us have to work at what we're good at rather than at what we love, because what we're good at pays and what we love doesn't. Following your bliss is viable if it so happens that your bliss pays enough, or you are prepared to live very cheap.

Indeed, the book's title should be "Live Cheap and You Need Never Go Into The Office".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vague in places, hugely inspiring overall 21 Mar. 2012
Chris Guillebeau writes the online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World Domination" and multiple other articles, he is an avid traveller and charity worker as well as free-thinker. This book details some examples and suggestions of how to achieve the life you want, rather than the life you are living.

A lot of his musings are based around age-old tenets like 'be less materialistic' and 'think outside the box' (I'm paraphrasing) and not all of us can live life like Chris, but nonetheless the message within this book should cause some rousing of dissent in even the most stoic of societal sleepwalkers. A couple of times, it's clear that he is pitching to us despite mentioning on several of his checklists about "not selling" to your "army" (readers, devotees) but then references his review score on more than once and plugs a couple of charities at the same time. It's not offensive, but feels a little hypocritical. I can see that part of this is serving his agenda, in the way he is trying to educate us to serve ours, but it probably should have been held out of this book!

Whilst not all of his suggestions will be applicable to your personal situation, it is easy enough to see where he is coming from and do the fine-tuning yourself. A well written book with multiple inspiring quotes from famous visionaries amongst the block text and not heavy in the slightest. Recommended for those trying to extricate themselves from a rut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living on your own terms 23 Jan. 2015
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I came across this book at exactly the right time, for I have been in a year-long tug-of-war with myself about breaking free from paid employment in order to pursue the life that I really want to live. I have been in paid employment for decades, so it's a big wrench, but it has been encouraging and reassuring to read this book - it can be done! In response to some of the other reviews, Guillebeau is not offering up a vision of life-long leisure, rather the opposite in fact. It is quite clear that self-employment, combined with the pursuit of life ambitions, is a great deal of hard work - but he does it all on his own terms. This is the point. In fact, he states that he has no intention of retiring.
My only quibble with the book is that Guillebeau's path to freedom has an undercurrent of obsession about it: there seems to be a fondness for ticking things off, measuring time and outputs, and an open admiration for those who do likewise. I read a quote recently: "To be successful, you need an obsession", so perhaps he has a point. Certainly, for anyone who is seriously considering changing the way they live, the book has a lot to offer.
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very good book to read!!
Published 4 months ago by Dina
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, specially if you love travelling and the non usual way...
Great tips even if you are a experienced traveler, you can also apply this to many other subjects of your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Non Conformity
Brilliantly written and Inspirational.

Too many ideas to digest in one reading, will happily revisit and share with everyone I know.
Published 11 months ago by Lenip
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This book changed my life!
Published 12 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Not everything in this book has to fit in with one's own mindset, though for me this book was really helping in my eye-opening process. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rene Miltenburg
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The is so, excellent!!!

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