Friday, October 29, 2010

The Art of Non-Conformity

I discovered a cool website this morning called The Art of Non-Conformity; it "chronicles how to change the world by achieving significant personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, they focus on three areas: Life, Work, and Travel. "

How cool is that? I immediately signed up for their e-newsletter. I am a big preacher of learning to go against conventional beliefs, especially as it helps stretch and grow your creativity and your ability to concept an idea. Unconventional routes usually lead to unconventional creative ideas.

Below are parts of welcome email I got right after I signed up.


Hi Cecilia,

It looks like we've recently met. You came to the AONC site, took a look around, and decided to give me your trust. The trust commitment came in the form of your email address, and now I have the responsibility to fulfill my obligation:

To tell you how to change the world. . .

. . . If you've always thought there must be more to life, if you want to do something different, if you're interested in finding your own way or you've already charted the course, you're who I'm writing for.

I'm interested in questioning assumptions and expectations about how we live our lives, and I write for remarkable people all over the world. To be remarkable means:

* You're interested in life as a series of adventures, not just something we do to fill the time

* You complete your education (high school, college, university, graduate school, whatever) because you want to, not because you feel like you should

* You do work you enjoy that also makes a positive difference in other people's lives

* Helping others is not something you do as an afterthought. It is a central part of who you are, just as doing what you want is. If you want to change the world, you'll need to start with a major decision.

The decision is deceptively simple: begin making your own choices, and stand out from many of the people around you. It's simple because that's really all there is to it -- think for yourself instead of following the crowd, then begin to take actions to align what you do with what you believe.

It's deceptive, however, because whenever you begin to do this, you'll encounter more than your share of opposition from people who want you to do things their way. Some of them will say your ideas or goals are unrealistic. I say, "life is short." Finding a way to do what we want while also helping others is the most important work we can do.

I say, AMEN to that.

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