Welcome to The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC), a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.
I’m Chris Guillebeau (pronounced Gil-a-bo). I write books and travel. Over the past ten
The purpose of AONC is to share the story of how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, we focus on three core areas: Life, Work, and Travel.
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The essence of my philosophy is this:
You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect.
You can do good things for yourself and help other people at the same time.
If you don’t decide for yourself what you want to get out of life, someone else will end up deciding for you.
In short, I’m interested in the convergence between personal goals and service to others.
You can learn more about that subject in the original Brief Guide to World Domination that was read by more than 100,000 people in 60 countries during the first six months.
The sequel, 279 Days to Overnight Success, provided a case study for anyone interested in building an alternative career using new media.
After publishing those manifestos, I went on to write a series of books.
Your Life, Your Terms
You don’t have to live the way other people expect—and you can do more than you think. Choose for yourself before someone else chooses for you.
Do More Of What Matters
The work you do should be meaningful and enjoyable. And even if you love your job, you should have more than one source of income.
Go Anywhere, Anytime
These days, it’s possible to go anywhere in a short period of time, and without spending much money. What are you waiting for?