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The Art of Non-Conformity (book review)

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:

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