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Book Review: The Art of Non-Conformity

Not sure where all my time is going. I thought I would be better at reading more books, since my retirement. One that has been waiting for me to read is The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. Maybe my slowness to get through the book, has been that I have been using the book to help me navigate the book with my personal life today. I have been very slowly and methodically going over each chapter and apply most of his concepts to my current situation.

For those that don’t know.. I am retired from corporate America. I used Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pam Slim (see my book review) to get me started down the path of getting out of the cube farm. Apply many of her steps to helping make that jump. I am now, using Chris’ book to help me jump forward. The Art of Non-Conformity is based on his popular blog with the underlying message of “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” I am working on my second life or second career and I am not going to follow the path of others or what is expected of me. I am doing this my way!  His book, walks you through some very common sense approaches to getting what “you” want out of life.

I found that while reading his book, I would stop and take notes and work on some of my own ideas. I quickly learned that I was just not going to sit down and read this book. I actually was applying his concepts or answering his questions while I was reading. Got me thinking and writing… Which I guess, made my time reading the book – longer. For me, I highly recommend that you read this book. You don’t have to be retired to go out after your unconventional  path. In fact, I wish I would have read this back 10+ years ago, hell maybe 20+. I think stuff would be much different today.

Thanks Chris for writing this book!

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