The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau. I found Chris first through The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future but this book was published first. I'm not sure how I missed it either. These sorts of lifestyle, go ahead and live a great life sot of books are right up my alley and this was no different.
When I read The $100 Startup it felt a bit mashed together like a Lego building without color coordinated blocks. This too felt a bit blocky. Like he had some great stories and themes but putting them together didn't quite fit. I did enjoy reading it thought, even finishing it, here are some of my favorite quotes.
On living purposefully:
At some point, though, we each have to take responsibility for ourselves even if no one ever taught us to think about what we want. The lack of understanding and self-awareness hurts us more than anyone else. It holds us back from greatness and keeps us living unremarkably average ies. To break out of the sleepwalking pattern, we have to define what we want and then find a way to make it happen.
On making changes:
All things being equal, we generally resist change until the pain of making a switch becomes less than the pain of remaining in our current situation...There are two ways to make this happen:
Increase the pain of the current situation
Decrease the fear of the desired situation
A quote from Robert F. Kennedy
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator. And change has enemies
On beginning small life experiments:
Allan Bacon, a self-described "40-year-old average guy" had a great job. The job included a secure position, a good salary, a reliable bonus, and full benefits. There was just one problem: as great as the benefits were, the environment was driving him crazy...Allan started a series of what he called "Life Experiments" - small to medium-size actions that would help him prepare for bigger changes. The "Life Experiments" included everything from visiting art museums on his lunch break to deliberately downsizing himself to a lower-level job that he felt offered more opportunities.
Within a year the lower-level job had expanded to more responsibility and a higher salary than the previous job...Allan's next experiment led to a temporary move to Paris with his wife and three daughters.
On skipping meetings:
If the answer is that you'll be immediately fired, you may need to suck it up and go to the meeting. But chances are, you can probably find a way to skip the meeting and still live to see another day.