I hope I don’t have the wrong impression but I figure, if you read this blog regularly, that you’ve got a little nonconformist streak in you. You prefer to think things out for yourself, appreciate making your own choices in life, and otherwise get excited being a rebel – even in a small way.
If that doesn’t describe you, maybe you come here for a walk on the wild side and a little bit of permission to get crazy with your nonconformist self.
And that is why I’m beyond excited to tell you about Chris Guillebeau’s new book – The Art of Non-Conformity.
I’ve quoted him several times recently but, if you haven’t had a chance to check out his blog, you’re in for a treat. Chris writes about life on the road less traveled. Although, he himself does an awful lot of traveling – having visited over 140 countries. His goal is simply to live the life he wants while changing the world.
And the best part is, his goal for you is the same.
The Selflessness of Thinking About Yourself
I believe in helping other people, but I also believe in relentless individualism. I believe that the crazy dreams and big ideas we have when we are young can be more than just fantasies. No, in the end it is not all about you – but there is also nothing wrong with doing things entirely for yourself.
— Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity
At the heart of the Art of Non-Conformity is the permission to consider your life for what it is and what you want it to be. It’s the permission to change the world, put your own stamp on it, solve problems, and design new ways of doing things.
But before you can do for others, you must do for yourself.
You must consider your own unique perspective, your own individual desires, and your own distinct priorities. These are the things that will shape the life you want to lead – whether as a full-time craftsperson, a renegade artist, a soulful living professional, or as a high-powered executive. These are also the things that will give you the most leverage for creating change in the world.
We can all say that we want world peace, no more hunger, an end to poverty, or social justice throughout the world. But if we don’t at least exercise the unique tools that we have to create change in our own lives, we spin our wheels trying to do anything bigger.
If you’re ready to break free from conforming to others expectations – or even just the barriers you make in your own mind – The Art of Non-Conformity might just help you get through.
So I’m thrilled to be giving away a copy of the book to a Scoutie Girl reader. And if all goes as planned, it will be a signed copy of the book, as I’m attending a book signing in Philly on Thursday evening!
Here’s how you can enter:
- leave a comment below with one of your personal desires or dreams and tell Chris & I how that will help to change the world.
- the giveaway will be open until Friday, September 10, at noon Eastern.
- a winner will be chosen at random and I will contact him/her within 24 hours for a mailing address.
- one entry per person, please.
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