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“The art of Non-comformity” by Chris Guillebeau

Just finished reading “The art of Non-Comformity” by Chris Guillebeau.

What an amazing book!

Loved every single piece of this book, even though it took me a few weeks to get through it. I made it my mission to follow the advices of the book and really look into my life and what I want to do with it, which turn a two day read it almost a month.

Chris Guillebeau’s book is the perfect tool to find you way in this world of ours.

The book is filled with useful advice and wonderful examples, Chris manages the amazing feat of writing a book about how to live without ever actually telling you what to do! This may seem like a bad thing, but that’s just the objective: that you find your own way and forget the rules others layed in front of you.

The book shows you that your crazy dreams can actually be achieved and that life is way to short to live on someone else’s terms.

If you want more from life than what people tell you, you can have, or if there’s a piece of you that feels that there should be more to life than this!

The “The art of non-comformity” is definitely the book for you.

You can visit Chris Guillebeau blog and learn more about The Art of Non-comfomity here!

If you’re still not sure about the book read the manifesto: “A brief guide to world domination” it’s direct and to the point and it will go a long way!

A special thanks to Chris to all he taught me! And for the courage he helped me find in myself!

Have a great evening everyone! And be brave!

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Steal Like an artist!

To be viewed and reviewed by all the creative minds out there!

For true creativity is where you take that which you see in the world.

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Living for the present without overlooking the future…

My preview copy of The Art of Non-Conformity!

My preview copy of The Art of Non-Conformity! (Photo credit: RowdyKittens)

For most of us at our first jobs life seems uncertain and the future takes the shades of a foggy and shifting character. The insecurity of our jobs or the uncertainty of what is it that we want for the future can make it hard to make decisions, trapping most of us in a state of inaction.

I could tell you that you should just…. take a deep breath and hope for the best! But that’s not a very realistic way to look a things especially considering that we’re not living in the most stable of times.

I would advice something slightly different…. something I would name of careful planning.

It’s actually a very simple concept. The idea is that you should plan for the best and the worst case scenario and no matter what happens you’ll be prepared, but this plan has one major problem, it has the ability to make you forget your dreams.

You see, when your planning for the worst case scenario it’s easy to believe that it will happen, that you’ll loose your job and won’t get that job that you wanted, that your personal enterprises will fail and everything around you will crumble into oblivion. When this happens you tend to let yourself go and say: why am I even trying! … the answer is a lot simpler than it seams. You try for the best because deep down we all want to to something more. So if you feel yourself loosing the energy to move forward stop for a minute put aside the worst scenario planing and dive head first in your best scenario! I promise you it will be worth it!

For planing your best scenario I have only one note. Make it all about you! I’m not talking about the contents but about how you get there. Don’t plan your best scenario based on a lottery ticket or some other random event outside of your control, plan it based on your hard work and skills! Not only is it more likely to actually happen, I guarantee you it will feel a hell of allot better!

If you looking for more guidance on how to plan for your life under your terms I advice the book “The Art of Non-comformity” by Chris Guillebeau, a great book with lots of practical advice! Also visit Chris’s blog which is filled with useful and engaging information.

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The worst part of waking up is leaving your dreams behind.

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Dreams

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Finding Balance

Time

After listening to the talk by Tony Schwartz on The Myths of the Overworked Creative I realized what I was doing to myself. Everyday, except for holidays and weekends, I wake up at 7h3o a.m. work starts at nine and I life a block away from it so It’s not for the commute. The truth is it takes me forever to get ready in the morning, and I’m starting to suspect it has something to do with lack of sleep. I usually go to bed around 1h, 1h30 a.m. which leaves me with about 6h to sleep, and that’s assuming I fall asleep right away.

We all do this, we work to hard and rest to little. It’s about time we re-learn balance.

With all the technology in our life’s we became these creatures that are incapable of real sustainable balance. And it’s not just the balance between work and rest, nowadays we find it hard to balance friends and family, personal projects and work. We say we don’t have the time any more, the time to meet friends for coffee, to cook our own lunch, to clean the house or have fun.

But this rhythm, of all work and no play, isn’t sustainable, so we brake down. We enter into depressions and overworked doctors fill us up with drugs cause it’s faster, easier. We burnout and one day don’t get up for work cause we just can’t do it any more. We’re always so busy and so tired that we don’t even have the time to share love with those around us, the time to enjoy life.

We as a society need to change this. We need to stop and slow down, cause at the rhythm we’re going things are not going to end well.

And what about me? I need to get at least a solid 7h of sleep every night. That means going to bed at 00h30 , 23h30 to play it safe. That shouldn’t be to hard.

As trivial as finding balance and getting more hours of sleep sounds, it’s not! I’ve seen what happens when people burn out, so desperate for an escape from their hectic life’s that they were willing to do anything. Some withdraw and give up on living, others end their own life’s because the pressure and the rhythm society demands are to much, and leave no time for the good things in life.

Slow down! Look around and enjoy the world around you! If you stop for five minutes the world won’t crumble to pieces, it’s okay!

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