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From the archives – The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau – June 7, 2012

Chris Guillebeau today published on his The Art of Non-Conformity Newsletter the post, A Short Note on Bridge Jumpinga reminder of a concept he wrote about early on in his first book. I had commented on this on my own blog last year when I began reading Chris’s book, so I’m reprising that post now.

I can’t remember where I first heard about this book, but I put a hold on it at the library and picked up the copy yesterday, began reading it today. Since I’ve always tended to be a non-conformist most of my life anyway, this book is more like an affirmation for a life well lived rather than how to live life well. I’ve got the first two parts of the subtitle down pat: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want. I just need to work on the third part – and Change the World.

Are you ready for me, World? Just wait until I finish reading this book! Mwa-ha-ha!

The author caught me with the first sentence in the Prologue: When you were a kid and wanted to do something your parents or teachers didn’t like, you may have heard the question, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?”

Mom? Is that you being channeled through this book?

Then, in the first chapter, Chris Guilleneau lists the following four principles:

You Must Be Open to New Ideas Check!
You Must Be Dissatisfied With the Status Quo Check!
You Must Be Willing to Take Personal Responsibility Check!
You Must Be Willing to Work Hard Check! Check! Check!

One of the worst excuses I ever heard (and this was usually made at sales conferences) for not being able to consider, let alone adapt, any new approach or way of thinking that I offered to the meeting was, “But we’ve never done it that way before…” I really hope this book will counter those many experiences of rejection, and put downs, and will confirm for me that I’ve been dancing to the right drummer all this time – the right drummer FOR ME! I think I’m really going to enjoy this book!

And now, after scooping this picture of the cover from the internet, I discovered why I put the book on hold in the first place – the same author has written and recently published a book that also looks interesting. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Yep! Sounds like just what I need!

So… how’s that for a preview of a book? I’ll be back later with the reviews, once I’ve finished reading both of these.

And here is that review of the book … from 10 days later.

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The Art of Non-Conformity – A Definite Two-Thumbs-Up!

Last week, I posted to my blog that I had begun reading The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau and was anticipating it would be a good book for me. Well, this book and its author definitely didn’t disappoint! The only way it could have been better was if I’d read the book when I was first starting out rather than so late in my career and life. However, thirty-five years ago I may not have been as receptive to the ideas and manifesto for life that this book sets out. I certainly appreciate it now, though, and will be adding it to my “recommended reading” list for the fledgling writers and authors I work with, because I believe all writers are non-conformist by nature – or we should be!

Not only was this book life-affirming for me, Guillebeau also offered suggestions as to how to take this non-conformity thing to a whole new level. I learned a great deal from the book and have begun putting some of what he suggests into action in my own life – that is, the few things I hadn’t already been doing on my own, never realizing I was actually “Setting My Own Rules” and “Living the Life I Wanted” all these years, in spite of the many naysayers I’d met along the way. As for “Changing the World,” I am now armed with a few new ideas to help me in that respect. Step One: Through my author impresario business, Alberta Books Canada, I plan to change the world One Alberta Author and Book At A Time! – and starting with my own… Island in the Clouds!

(I have already been developing my very own “small army” without having realized that’s what I was doing…)

The great news is that Chris continues to write and publish books! He maintains a blog and I just signed up to receive email updates from him. I put a hold at the Calgary Public Library on his latest book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.

But then – oh joy of joys! – I received an email from Carrie Mumford informing me that Chris is coming to Calgary!!

“Join us on June 20th at 7:00 pm, we’ll be at Chapters/Indigo!
66 Crowfoot Terrace N.W. in Calgary, AB”

So I will not only buy every book the store has that Chris has written, but I will have a chance to meet him and get those books signed, as well! What a fortuitous opportunity for me, having just discovered this author!

So, I urge all you non-conformists, or those of you who have ever considered dabbling in non-conformity, to at least read this one book, The Art of Non-Conformity, and see if it changes your life, or at least affirms the way you think and live, the way it has done for me.

And, if you live in Calgary, come out and meet Chris on Wednesday evening. I’ll be there!

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guilleneau

I can’t remember where I first heard about this book, but I put a hold on it at the library and picked up the copy yesterday, began reading it today. Since I’ve always tended to be a non-conformist most of my life, anyway, this book is more like an affirmation for a life well lived rather than how to live life well. I’ve got the first two parts of the subtitle down pat: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want. I just need to work on the third part – and Change the World.

Are you ready for me, World? Just wait until I finish reading this book! Mwa-ha-ha!

The author caught me with the first sentence in the Prologue: When you were a kid and wanted to do something your parents or teachers didn’t like, you may have heard the question, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?”

Mom? Is that you being channeled through this book?

Then, in the first chapter, Chris Guilleneau lists the following four principles:

You Must Be Open to New Ideas Check!
You Must Be Dissatisfied With the Status Quo Check!
You Must Be Willing to Take Personal Responsibility Check!
You Must Be Willing to Work Hard Check! Check! Check!

One of the worst excuses I ever heard (and this was usually made at sales conferences) for not being able to consider, let alone adapt, any new approach or way of thinking that I offered to the meeting was, “But we’ve never done it that way before…” I really hope this book will counter those many experiences of rejection, and put down, and will confirm for me that I’ve been dancing to the right drummer all this time – the right drummer FOR ME! I think I’m really going to enjoy this book!

And now, after scooping this picture of the cover from the internet, I discovered why I put the book on hold in the first place – the same author has written and recently published a book that also looks interesting. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Yep! Sounds like just what I need!

So… how’s that for a preview of a book? I’ll be back later with the reviews, once I’ve finished reading both of these.