The Art of Nonconformity
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Before we go any further, I want to make sure I don’t waste your time. To make sure this book will be useful to you, I’m going to make a number of assumptions right here at the beginning. The assumptions are based on the following four principles:

• You Must Be Open to New Ideas
• You Must Be Dissatisfied with the Status Quo
• You Must Be Willing to Take Personal Responsibility
• You Must Be Willing to Work Hard

Most people who have fundamentally changed the world have done so through the use of all of these principles.

The Art of Nonconformity

by <a target="_blank" href="">Chris Guillebeau</a>


is work that is done merely to complete requirements, make you look good, or otherwise fill up the hours of the day.

What I have done, for better or worse, is chosen freedom

as my highest personal value and learned to construct a life around that choice.

Your dreams and big ideas belong to no one but you,

and you never need to apologize for or justify them to anyone.

The alternative is to write your own winning lottery ticket,

not by the sudden accumulation of wealth but the gradual reduction to what you decide is essential for your life.

You can have unlimited dreams and goals,

but not unlimited priorities.

The toughest obstacles most of us have to overcome

are the direct result of our own fears and insecurities.

When we really get serious about our insecurities,

we usually find that three specific fears emerge: the fear of failure, the fear of success, and the fear of change.

We generally resist change

until the pain of making a switch becomes less than the pain of remaining in our current situation.

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