Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Book Notes - The Art of Non-Conformity

[Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life you Want and Change the World] by Chris Guillebeau
Really fun read. Here are some quotes I loved.

When faced with a choice between abundance and scarcity, choose abundance.

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

The pain of making a change must become less than the pain of staying in the current situation.

Most remarkable people are not remarkable by nature. Instead, they made a few key choices along the way that helped them overcome their fears.

"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: you have no one else to blame." - Erica Jong

No one else will be responsible for you or care about your well-being as much as you.

The One-Year, Self-Directed, Alternative Graduate School Experience including:
[some of my favorites and things I should do]
Subscribe to the Economist and read every issue religiously.
Memorize the names of every country, world capital and current president or prime minister in the world.
Acquire at least three new skills during your year.
Become comfortable with basic presentation and public speaking skills.

"The absence of fear is not courage; the absence of fear is mental illness." - Po Bronson

"Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator. And change has its enemies." - Robert F. Kennedy

Your Own Small Army: Prospects, Followers, True Fans, Allies and Friends of friends.

Work toward financial independence, but never retire.

A good savings program also includes investment in others. It's not about guilt; it's about gratitude.

"One can resist the invasion of an army, but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas." - Victor Hugo


  1. awesome, you're always great with the book summaries. Been wanting to read that one.

  2. yup you will love it lon!