Chris Guillebeau‘s new book, The Art of Non-Conformity, is clear, concise, and gets straight to the point. Chris tries to eliminate “busy work” from his life, and he’s done an excellent job of eliminating “busy reading” from this book.
This is a book about living the life that you want to live and not the life that someone else wants you to live. And that is what I found most refreshing about the book: Chris isn’t saying be a rebel and do things just because someone else said you couldn’t (or shouldn’t); he’s saying don’t do something just because someone else says you should.
The message is a positive one – figure out what it is that you want from your life and do that. And allow – encourage – others to do the same. This last point, I think, is especially valuable for parents, who should read this book and keep it in mind as they raise their kids and prepare them for their own adventures in the world. (A theme I’ve touched on before.)
If you are not currently a non-conformist, you will think “no way” and “he’s crazy” more than once as you read through this book; but if you make it all the way through you’ll thank him for it in the end. If you think you are already a non-conformist, you will likely realize that you really aren’t; that you are perhaps more rebel and less non-conformist.
A must read for just about everyone.