Over the weekend, I was reading Chris Guillebeau’s book – The Art of Non-Conformity. One section that stood out was where he listed 11 ways to be unremarkably average. In fact, I liked it so much I’ve decided to share it today:
1. Accept what people tell you at face value
2. Don’t question authority
3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something
4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England
5. Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English
6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it
7. Think about writing a book, but never do it
8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it
9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work
10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself
11. Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.
If you want nothing out of life, all you have to do is follow Chris’s list. I meet people all the time who claim they want more, but they never take action. For some, it’s easier to dream of a better life, then to go out there and get it.
Anyway, I LOVE this list. I’ll probably write it out on a whiteboard and hang it in my office.
If you want to know more about Chris, I definitely recommend you check his book and his online manifesto – A Brief Guide to World Domination. Both are excellent reads!Take Action. Get Results.