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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules | Live the Life You Want

2010 September 11
by laura

I’ve been reading Chris Guillebeau’s blog, “The Art of Non-Conformity” for quite a while now.  He writes about living the life you want to live by breaking or rewriting the rules that may be confining you.  He has a goal of traveling to every country in the world (he only has 67 out of 192 left to see), so he also has great travel hacking tips, interesting travel stories, and just great life advice.
The Art of Non-Conformity

He has just published a book which although has the same name as his blog is not in fact a compilation of blog posts, but more of a guidebook of lifestyle design.  He was kind enough to send me an advance copy which I plowed through in two evenings.

I was captivated as soon as I read the first chapter, which is titled “Sleepwalkers and the Living World”.  It immediately reminded me of one of my favorite lines from a movie, one that has stayed with me for years:

“My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.”  – Patricia Graynamore, Joe vs. the Volcano

I wholeheartedly agree with Chris that a huge number of people you see everyday and interact with are in fact asleep.  They are numb, they believe almost everything that they are told and they do what they are supposed to do regardless of whether it makes them happy.

The book is a how to guide for waking up and smashing through the barriers that are holding you back from living the fullest life possible.  It’s not filled with cliches; it is chock full of ideas on how you can figure out what you want to do and and how you can start to move in the right direction.

It’s a quick 250 pages but it will get you thinking.    He will be at Longfellow Books on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7 PM for a talk and book signing.    Or you can buy his book on Amazon.

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  1. September 21, 2010

    Thanks for the review. I enjoy Chris’s blog, but hadn’t decided on whether to read the book (my to-be-read booklist is about three pages long!) Sounds like it’s worth adding to the list.

  2. November 17, 2010

    Like you, I read through The AONC book in two evenings. Powerful stuff. I left a comment on his blog about wanting to get an advanced copy.

    I wasn’t one of the ninety-nine lucky folks. However, I’d like to stay true to my comment about passing it along to someone whose life will change as a result of this powerful read.

    My friend, Rob Laughter, is giving away 2 copies of the book (both signed by Chris Guillebeau) on his blog. I decided I wanted to sweeten the pot, so I threw in an extra copy for another lucky commenter. If you can think of someone who would benefit from this, let them know. I put the url in the website field for this comment.

    Here’s to waking up. :)

  3. November 17, 2010

    Thanks Angel,
    I will post the link to Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. I agree that people need to read this book. I’ve been passing my copy around to my friends and family.

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