If there’s someone who has NOT lived an unremarkable life, it’s writer, social entrepreneur, and world traveler Chris Guillebeau. Chris really inspires me… not just because of his success, but because of the way he has fearlessly blazed a trail in life that’s completely his own.
Chris writes about personal development/life planning, entrepreneurship, and travel/adventure and has written three books: The Art of Non-Conformity; The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future; and just recently, The Happiness of Pursuit. He’s also launched multiple niche businesses and speaks to audiences around the world, and he also hosts his signature event, the World Domination Summit (a gathering of creative/innovator types) in Portland, Oregon, each summer.
In 2013, Chris achieved his goal of visiting every one of the world’s 193 countries before his 35th birthday. That’s quite an achievement in itself, but what inspired me to write today was his manifesto, “A Brief Guide to World Domination: How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World,” where he offers these instructions for achieving mediocrity…
Chris Guillebeau’s 11 Secrets for Living an Unremarkable Average Life
- Accept what people tell you at face value.
- Don’t question authority.
- Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.
- Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.
- Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English.
- Think about starting your own business, but never do it.
- Think about writing a book, but never do it.
- Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it.
- Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work.
- Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself.
- Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.
If this life plan appeals to you… you’re reading the wrong blog. As for everyone else, admit it – it probably made you cringe just a little when you read it. Even if you consider yourself a free spirit, I’ll bet you can recognize that something in this list that describes you… whether you like it or not.
That being said, it’s never too late for an attitude adjustment. Write that book. Launch that business. Resolve to travel somewhere that you don’t speak the language. Question authority. Above all, don’t do the same thing everyone else does. As my friend, coach, and copywriting guru Matthew Goldfarb says, “It’s okay to fit in, but it’s better to stand out.”
Ready to trade your unremarkable life for one that suits you better? Let’s get together and figure out how you can escape from the ordinary.