I like Chris Guillebeau. I like him a lot. First, he’s a runner. Second, he has an entire book about non-conformity. You may not have picked up on this, but I’m a fan of the unconventional and have a serious issue with authority figures. Guillebeau speaks to that element of my personality. As an added bonus- he’s a distance runner.
He was one of the big inspirations for Shelly and I to do what we’re doing right now. Guillebeau encourages people to ask two fundamental questions- what do you really want out of life, and what do you have to offer others. His advice helped us answer each question and format our life to make both possible.
Guillebeau’s ideas will also appeal to barefoot runners. After all, we’re pretty good at going against the grain and doing our own thing. His ideas help reinforce the feeling that we’re not alone in our quest to find unorthodox solutions that work, instead of following everyone else down a well-trodden, ineffective path.
For anyone that’s interested in living an unconventional life on your own terms, his book The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World should be required reading. It’s one of the four or so books I re-read once every few months. This pdf is a rough summary of his philosophy: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/files/2008/06/worlddomination.pdf. This will resonate with many of my readers.
Also, check out his blog here: http://chrisguillebeau.com/