The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

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 explor If you've ever thought, "There must be more to life than this," "The Art of Non-Conformity" is for you. Based on C...

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Title:The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Author:Chris Guillebeau
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:‎The Art Of Non‎-‎Conformity‎
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:170 pages pages

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World Reviews

  • Lewis Manalo
    Sep 15, 2010

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

  • Steven
    Jan 31, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

  • Claire
    Dec 18, 2010

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

  • Mike
    May 03, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...

    Chris is a guy who lived a conventional life, then realized he wanted to live differently and made it happen. In this book, he questions many assumptions we unconsciously hold about education, credibility, and influence, and gives workable alternatives that have worked for him in his o...

    It is a good jolt for people who have chosen to live routinely and accepted status quo as the norm. Not that living routinely or accepting status quo is anything bad, but if you have been living routinely and accepting status quo as a compromise and you are not happy about it, then the...

    I was quite torn about this book. I was delighted when it turned up, and jumped into it for inspiration, as I am in the process of setting out to build my own online business - I too wish to live an unconventional life and work for myself while spending a large portion of my life trave...

    I was attracted to this book by the title. I have always considered myself a non conformist so I was sure this would appeal to me. I was very disappointed with this book. Guillebeau has more or less wrote a book about himself and his quest to visit every country in the world and then t...

    This is easily the worst book I have ever read. I as so excited to read this book. But the further I got into the book, the more I was disappointed. I trust the author was genuine in his ideas of how become successful,but the overwhelming theme of "just do nice things, and nice things ...

  • Lain
    Feb 10, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

  • Lee
    Oct 10, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

  • Loren
    Jul 30, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

  • David
    Jan 05, 2013

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

  • Christopher Bergeron
    Mar 22, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

  • Akhila
    Oct 24, 2010

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

  • Pam
    Mar 09, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...

    Chris is a guy who lived a conventional life, then realized he wanted to live differently and made it happen. In this book, he questions many assumptions we unconsciously hold about education, credibility, and influence, and gives workable alternatives that have worked for him in his o...

    It is a good jolt for people who have chosen to live routinely and accepted status quo as the norm. Not that living routinely or accepting status quo is anything bad, but if you have been living routinely and accepting status quo as a compromise and you are not happy about it, then the...

    I was quite torn about this book. I was delighted when it turned up, and jumped into it for inspiration, as I am in the process of setting out to build my own online business - I too wish to live an unconventional life and work for myself while spending a large portion of my life trave...

    I was attracted to this book by the title. I have always considered myself a non conformist so I was sure this would appeal to me. I was very disappointed with this book. Guillebeau has more or less wrote a book about himself and his quest to visit every country in the world and then t...

  • Jacob
    Jul 24, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

  • Rob Warner
    May 23, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

  • Sarah Hubbell
    Jan 13, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

  • Joanne
    May 12, 2013

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...

    Chris is a guy who lived a conventional life, then realized he wanted to live differently and made it happen. In this book, he questions many assumptions we unconsciously hold about education, credibility, and influence, and gives workable alternatives that have worked for him in his o...

    It is a good jolt for people who have chosen to live routinely and accepted status quo as the norm. Not that living routinely or accepting status quo is anything bad, but if you have been living routinely and accepting status quo as a compromise and you are not happy about it, then the...

    I was quite torn about this book. I was delighted when it turned up, and jumped into it for inspiration, as I am in the process of setting out to build my own online business - I too wish to live an unconventional life and work for myself while spending a large portion of my life trave...

  • Stephen
    Sep 11, 2012

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

  • Valerie
    Mar 24, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

  • James Biskey
    Mar 02, 2011

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...

    Chris is a guy who lived a conventional life, then realized he wanted to live differently and made it happen. In this book, he questions many assumptions we unconsciously hold about education, credibility, and influence, and gives workable alternatives that have worked for him in his o...

  • Claire
    May 17, 2013

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

  • Chung Chin
    Jan 03, 2012

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...

    Chris is a guy who lived a conventional life, then realized he wanted to live differently and made it happen. In this book, he questions many assumptions we unconsciously hold about education, credibility, and influence, and gives workable alternatives that have worked for him in his o...

    It is a good jolt for people who have chosen to live routinely and accepted status quo as the norm. Not that living routinely or accepting status quo is anything bad, but if you have been living routinely and accepting status quo as a compromise and you are not happy about it, then the...

  • Heidi The Reader
    Sep 29, 2015

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

  • Zora
    Oct 28, 2016

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

  • Aims
    May 22, 2017

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

  • Zora
    Sep 08, 2015

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

  • Rosie Nguyễn
    Feb 15, 2016

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

  • Ashley
    Jan 29, 2015

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

  • Eden
    Feb 23, 2013

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

  • Joe
    Jan 05, 2015

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

  • Ziba
    Feb 10, 2016

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

  • Jessica Evermore
    Sep 05, 2015

    I like the cover design and title, but that's about it. The author is awfully smug as he looks back at his unconventional choices. He quit high school. He noticed he could get passing grades in community college without really trying so signed up for as many classes as he could. Now...

    I wouldn't recommend this book for those who really want to lead an unconventional life. In fact, I think it's more for rather conventional people who want to live just *slightly* more unconventionally, but retaining most of the conveniences and privileges that they're already accustom...

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from reading this book because it can be very inspiring; however, as one reads further into the book, it becomes apparent that this is mostly just a handbook on how to be the author. Most of the support from Guillebeau's assertions come from his own ...

    While I thought this was an interesting book, it didn't provide many new insights or helpful tips for me. Perhaps the life Chris Guillebeau lived is simply not the same as the life I hope to lead. Since I'm not looking to travel for the sake of travel or start a business or live a "loc...

    Such rubbish. Sloppy boilerplate, cliched idealist phrases with no practical or actionable advice. College is a bunch of hoops to jump through and academic advisors are gatekeepers that are trying to hold you in place for 4+ years?? No, Chris, college is were you go to engage in intell...

    I love the first sentence of chapter one, ?The purpose of this book is to transform your thinking about life and work.? I?m ready for a change, I?ve been busting at the seams for months with an excess of energy and looking for a way to direct it effectively. This is the kind...

    This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice include "succeed at self-employment by any means necessary," which basically means do whatever to whoever, but don't ever work for The Ma...

    I bought this book for the library and it was promptly checked out by one of my heavy readers. She started to read the book and before she was even through the introduction she was writing quotes from the book on her hand. She was kind enough to leave the book with me for a bit and ...

    For anyone and everyone; though not for the conformists. Actually yeah, even for the conformists. A person can change, right? Full of great travel hack tips and insights into Chris's adventures. I learned a lot and am therefor picking up his next book - The $100 Start-Up - as soon ...

    Round-the-world travel aficionado and blogger Chris Guillebeau has written a book that condenses a lot of the ideas presented on his blog. Though I received a free copy of the book (Thank you, Chris), I have mixed feelings about it. If you're familiar with Chris's website and messag...

    I didn't pay attention to Chris's books before as I read some of his blog posts and I didn't think they were good enough. But I was surprised to see myself like this book of him. Choosing the life you want, being an autodidact, traveling around the world and similar ideas to live li...

    The subtitle of this book is ?set your own rules, live the life you want and change the world.? So, you may be surprised to learn that such a all-encompassing subject is covered in just 227 pages. Guillebeau has never really had a ?proper? job, he has worked quite a few jobs th...

    There are essentially two premises here 1) If you don't want a corporate career or work for other people, a college degree is mostly irrelevant (this is largely true). 2) If you can provide ongoing value for a "small army" of 1000 hardcore fans who'll keep buying everything you do/sell...

    Even at half-way through this one, I can tell that the author is spending more time doting on himself than providing useful advice to the reader. I think part of the problem is that he doesn't have a very specific audience in mind. He includes a tangent about he dropped out of high sch...

    I'm sure many people will find this book inspiring, however I was not one of them. I really wanted to like the book but I found the author's concepts naive and cliched and I would consider him a person of weak character. He lost me when he quit his Fed Ex job because of a storm. Seriou...

    A self described writer, traveller, and fighter of the status quo, the book serves as a how-to guide for living out Guillebeau?s own life goals. Perhaps that?s the book?s only shortcoming ? he veers off into self-indulgent tangents that will not apply to most readers. He justif...

    I read this book because Chris is a Portland blogger whose blog I've read in the past. Also, some bloggers I met are huge fans of his, bordering on acolytes. I've read enough books that are similar and didn't find anything new here. The book seemed to lack a sense of rigor, as if t...

    Guillebeau is quick to tell you his expectations for his readers; that you be open-minded and willing to challenge authority, that sort of thing. But you have to read 40 pages in before he adds what he thinks is an unlikely group to even lay their hands on his book, the poor, as if to...

    This book is an odd mishmash of New Age thinking, autobiography, classic quotes, and mediocre writing. (In the style of the author that last phrase would be "and as I think about it, it seems to me, the writing in this book is what some would call not that great." ) I think this would ...

    As someone who's adhered to rules for most of my life with a fervor rivaling Felix Unger's, I find someone who flouts the rules fascinating. While I find many of Guillebeau's choices too far out there, too impractical, or ridiculously absurd, my own choices haven't exactly dropped me i...

    I liked this book and I agree with many of the author's principles, but as a dedicated student I have to object to his classification of advanced education as being easily replicated by independent efforts. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in -- if Chris Guillebeau ha...

    While this book does present inevitable challenges to someone living below the poverty line with a certain amount of debt (practically everyone), it still was a very informative and very beneficial read. I may not be as freewheeling as Chris currently is, but thanks to the advice from ...

    Hmmm. This book could have been fantastic. Sadly, it was closer to mediocre. There is a lot of good information in it, and I am taking the message to heart. But it was not presented well, and so I can?t really recommend it to others. The author does have a website, however, which mig...

    Chris Guillebeau challenges readers to make their life how they want it, starting now. I didn't agree with everything in The Art of Non-Conformity but I thought that the underlying message was good. For example, Guillebeau has a fairly dismissive attitude about formal education. He ...

    First few chapters are nothing short of incredible. As a proud non-conformist myself, I loved the 'call to arms' the author gave. I even prematurely rated the book 4 stars. Then I came to the part of the book where he decides that higher learning is a waste of time and everyone shou...