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Free Book – The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Free Book – The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on September 7, 2010

The contest to win the book is now closed and the winners have been announced.  But don’t let that stop you from leaving a comment on where you would go or what you would do if you took a 1 year sabbatical.  I’d still love to hear from you.

It’s Go Time

Today, September 7th marks the “official” launch of  I’m really excited about today because in some respects it symbolizes the next steps in my life.  There is an old proverb that states; “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  I like to think that this represents a new beginning for all of us every day.  No matter what you might be going through or how you might be feeling; no matter what may have happened in your past, today marks a new beginning.  In 10 months time I will be taking a 1 year sabbatical and moving to Indonesia with my family.  Honestly I’m terrified by the prospect but I also know it is the right direction to be heading. 

Two Free Books

So let’s celebrate new beginnings!  And to celebrate in a cool way I am giving away 2 copies of Chris Guillebeau’s new book entitled “The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World”, which is as of this post #9 on the Amazon best seller list.  I was fortunate enough to get a preview copy of this book and I can tell you right now that if you have any level of dissatisfaction with your life and are wondering if there is something more out there, then you need to read this book.  I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered several copies of it just to give to friends and family. 

And now I am giving away 2 copies to new readers of this blog.  This post isn’t a review of the book but I do want to mention that The Art of Non-Conformity blog and this book have had a huge impact on how I view my life, the things I want to do and the changes I want to work for in the world. It played a big role in my starting this site.  I really feel that this book could have the same affect on you.

So here is what you need to do for a chance at winning one of two copies of this book.  In the comment section below leave a comment about where you would go or what you would do if you took a 1 year sabbatical.  I’ll do a random drawing and if it’s you that gets selected I will mail the book off to you.  And for those who spin the wheel but don’t hit the free book jackpot I still highly encourage you to pick this book up (it’s less than $10 now on Amazon).  It may just change your life and for less than $10 it’s a great investment in your future.

I’ll be randomly picking 2 winners of the books on Friday of this week.  I hope it’s you!

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Lisa Miller September 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

I would hone my photography skills and travel the world starting in New Zealand and working my way up through the east coast of Africa. I guess that might be a bit similar to your story but I promise it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.


matt September 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

@Lisa – Thank you Lisa! That sounds like the perfect way to spend a year. I’ve always wanted to see New Zealand as well and the east coast of Africa would be intriguing. When are you going to start?


Daniel Soule September 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

1 year sabbatical, eh? It’s hard for me to imagine because I already feel like I”m just getting started on the life I truly want to live, not sure when I’ll want to take a break from it! But if I were to take a sabbatical, I think I’d vote for a start in New Zealand as well, but then traveling north and west through the south pacific- would love to capture the trip in still and video!


matt September 9, 2010 at 1:05 am

@Dan – I love your perspective Dan. You’re living your dream and that is awesome! I’m so happy that you’ve found your passion and went for it. New Zealand seems to be on a lot of people’s lists. I definitely need to get there.


Timothy Morris September 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

So this 1 year sabbatical. What would I do? Where would I go?
Well I guess I would start with taking my wife on a second honeymoon, yeah that sounds good, probably to Florida for a while because her grandparents have a house there. So I guess it would like this. Florida for the winter, South Africa for a few months (that is where we got married) and then onto a few places in Europe on our way home. There are a few places I have wanted to take her to but have yet to have the chance. Then we would come home. The reality is that our home rocks and if you had one year without doing anything else, it would be incredible. We would want to come home. Thanks for the chance at winning the book man.


matt September 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

That would be awesome Tim! It’s a good point you make as well. You have to have some place to call home. But that could be anywhere. Thanks for joining my base.


Starla September 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Matt, you’re awesome! I’m so excited for you and your family! I know that God is going to meet you AND use you all in AMAZING ways!

1 year sabbatical, I would still love to document the plight of homeless women and children…. yeah, that’s still a heart burden of mine.



matt September 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Hey Starla! Thanks so much! I remember a while back there was a contest you were in to get funded to do your dream project on homeless women and children. I know that one day you are going to do just that. You’ve got some amazing talent and I am expecting to see great things from you.


Craig Ferguson (@cfimages) September 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I’ve actually done the one-year sabbatical thing before. And a 9 month sabbatical followed by a further 6 month sabbatical. My wife however, hasn’t, so I’d like to do another to show her what she’s missing.

Maybe something like Bali>Java>Sumatra>Malaysia>Thailand>Laos>Cambodia>Vietnam>China>Tibet>Nepal>India>Pakistan>Iran>Turkey>Europe.


matt September 10, 2010 at 1:02 am

Craig, would love to talk with you at some point about your sabbatical experiences. Your list of places to visit includes a lot of places I’ve been dreaming of going to, namely anything in SE Asia and China and Nepal.


Josh Crocker September 10, 2010 at 12:37 am

Woah, woah, WOAH!

What a question!

Stop #1 – A trip down the East Coast of the U.S., to visit family that has since moved out of state.

Stop #2 – Head west and spend a little time out in the Rocky Mountain region (1 month, maybe in Montana or Wyoming). Head to California for a few weeks and meet with some of the Lifestyle Design All Stars (Tim Ferriss, Kevin Rose, and a few more).

Stop #3 – Hawaii, but not for too long. I don’t want to stay there for so long that we don’t end up traveling elsewhere 🙂

Stop #4 – Japan, China, and Southeast Asia (particularly Thailand and the Philippines). I know for sure that I would want to spend a good amount of time in the Philippines.

Stop #5 – India. After watching the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, and interacting with a few national pastors that our church supports in India, I would really like to spend some time here helping those pastors grow their ministries. I also want to help them out financially and give them a large financial gift.

Stop #6 – Australia. My wife has dreamt of living here for a long time. So have I (thanks to Steve Irwin and the Crocodile Dundee movies!). I’d also like to throw in a few weekend getaways to New Zealand if at all possible, which I guess it is, because this is a wish-list, right?

Stop #7 – Join Tim Morris in South Africa for a few months. My brother in law grew up here (actually with Tim’s wife’s family for a little bit…wahoo!) and just from his stories alone, this is a place I could foresee my family living in the future.

Stop #8 – Head North, to Ghana, West Africa. Our church has a dear national pastor that we’ve supported for years who is a visionary like no other. He is constantly asking for help with his larger-than-life projects that he is envisioning, and I want to be one of the people that answers his call.

Stop #9 – Israel. I’ve always wanted to explore around this land. Seeing where so many historical figures have walked will be truly awesome!

Stop #10 – Europe. The entire continent. This may be the longest stretch of the journey (we only have a YEAR?!?), but I’d love to head here for a variety of reasons, just one of which is to trace my ancestry.

Stop #11 – Would be back to the good old U.S. of A. At this point I would begin recruiting friends to bring along the next trip…Care to join me?

(I hope I win your favor, and I also hope I get to know you a lot better too!) This is a great idea 🙂

– Josh


matt September 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

Love it Josh!! There is definitely no limit on time for a sabbatical. I’m planning a minimum of a year but who knows. I will definitely want to connect up in some of your journeys. I’ve got a friend that lives part of the year in India and I really want to get over there and do some photography. We also have some missionary friends in Cambodia that we want to visit and help out. Let’s connect up here soon. Would love to chat more with you.


peter wingard September 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Hey Matt! Always enjoy your blog and the 365 project. Good luck on the sabbatical! I can’t wait to read all about it!

I would love to learn to sail and spend a year sailing the carribbean with my camera in hand and family in tow.

Another sabbatical would be to take a year off to figure out what I want to be/do when I grow up. 😉

Later, @fotodad


matt September 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Hey Peter! Thanks so much! Love the sailing idea. Now that would be an adventure. This sabbatical is kind of my way to figure out where I want to go from here. I’ve got some ideas I want to pursue so figured why not just go for it and see what happens. We should chat it up here one of these days.


Craig Ferguson (@cfimages) September 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Sure Matt, anytime.


matt September 11, 2010 at 1:36 am

@Craig – I’ll contact you soon. Would love to talk about photography as well. Was looking at some of your work and it just blows me away. Your shots of the lantern festival are incredible. Look forward to talking soon.


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