Written by Conni Biesalski. Follow me on Twitter.
Need some inspiration on how to live an unconventional life? Or maybe a kick in your conforming ass? Want to know how other people create their own paths in life?
Congrats, you’re in the right place then!
This is a three-part series of posts introducing you to people in the online and blogging realm who are doing IT (not I.T.!) in many different ways: Screwing mediocrity and living life on their own terms.
Part I: Inspiring & Unconventional People and their Lifestyles
Part II: Unconventional Jobs, Businesses and Ways to Make a Living
Part III: Unconventional Travellers
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Go and read those guys and girrrrls, admire them and get inspired. I’m sure you’ll get something out of this exercise. (You should let me know in the comments or shoot me an Email)
Note: Most of the peeps presented here are multi-categorial. I tried my hardest to make them fit into one of the three posts. But you know how it is with unconventional, non-conforming people: They just won’t fit.
Here we go: Part 1 a.k.a. Sweet Peeps living life unconventionally:
(In no particular order!)
Emilie has decided to never commit to one career path. Instead she embraces her multi-potentiality and helps other people discover their their own passions to turn them in to a living. She’s honest, she’s awesome, she rocks. Take my word. “I don’t negotiate with specialists.”
Ev is a nomadic writer dealing with the evolving edge of humanity and technology. He experiments in the digital world and as a result, untethers a lot. All his belongings fit into a bag. He totally screws a lot of blogging conventions, and is bloody brilliant doing so.
Wow, Taylor. What a man: He destroys outdated social norms to live a free, centred, and giving life, and aims to contribute the absolute maximum locally-globally-emotionally. He travels, runs donation projects, and lives the change he wants to see in the world. Cool stuff he did recently: Building a school for hundreds of kids in Kenya with pocket change. He’s making this world a better place. We need more people like Taylor!
One inspirational post: Let’s Change the World
Gwen never went down job-house-marriage-kids-lane. Instead, she started travelling and ended up opening up a yoga studio. In Japan. For six years. (Yeah, dig that!). Then she walked down writer-avenue. And stayed. She’s all over digital sabbaticals, digital warriorships and the concept of alignment. No idea what any of this it? You know what to do then.
One inspirational post: Why I Do Exactly What I Want Each Day
A little while ago, Joel got tired of leading a conventional and conforming life. So he decided to change that: He sat down to write a list of all the things he thought were impossible to do and went out to make them possible. These days, he regularly pushes his own limits to get adrenaline rushes, travel the world, run triathlons, learn new languages and lots more. He’s doing it. Everyone should. Are you out there making the impossible possible?
One inspirational post: Think Outside the Box… What Box?
Ok, folks – This list cannot surely not go on without Mister Unconventional himself: CHRIS G. (he deserves capital letter power). He writes, travels and helps people take over the world. He’s anti-authority and anti-status quo and encourages everyone to go out and experience the world the way they want to, against all expectations. Sidenote: He’s been to 168 countries, with 25 left to accomplish his goal to visit every country in the world. Just saying.
One inspirational post: Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel the World
This man is an entrepreneur, writer and permanent traveler, who challenges his readers to create unconventional lifestyles on their own terms and live fearless lives of adventure, entrepreneurship, travel, giving and fun. He’s lived and worked location independently for several years now and is all over lifestyle design and digital nomadism. Way to go. Check out his Digital Nomad Academy!
Blog: Thrilling Heroics / Twitter: @codymckibb
One inspirational post: How to Go Location-Independent and Become a Digital Nomad
Who says we have to wear different clothes everyday? Exactly. So Kristy decided it was time to say no to social norms and conventions, and is now wearing the same dress for one year. She is ‘fasting from fashion’ in order to protest some of the things she thinks are ethically questionable in the fashion industry today, such as the unsustainable patterns of how we consume and dress ourselves in America, the insidious effects of fashion advertising, and the ways all of this stuff really makes us feel about ourselves. Could you do go on a fashion diet? You can join her here. (Kristy also writes brilliant posts)
One inspirational post: Minimalism, Fashion and Idolatry
Corbett rocks. He left his conventional life a couple years ago, went on a travel sabbatical and is now the perfect digital nomad. He can work from anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection and a little inspiration. On his blog he wants to be the unrealistic influence in your life and encourage you to run with your ideas and chase your dreams with reckless abandon. And he does so really well. (He’s also the man behind Think Traffic – one of the only online business websites that I can handle reading.)
One inspirational post: The Quest to Be F*cking Awesome
Jonathan is creating a revolution based on authentic action. A movement of people liberating themselves through living on their own terms. He’s a day job quitting coach, barefoot runner and martial artist who helps people get paid to be who they are. For him, Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week is not enough: He aims for the Zero Hour Work Week. This guy is so dedicated to his cause and the community he has built in the last couple years – 100% truly inspirational. (He was one of the first bloggers I read and am still totally into his stuff.)
One inspirational post: How to Start a Revolution
I’ve got to bring Leo into this now. Yes, he’s huge out there in the blogging world. Yes, most of us know him already (But not everyone reading this). No, I never get bored of him. He is one of the biggest bloggers out there with his sites Zen Habits and mnmlist. He’s got six (!) kids and lives a simple and minimalist life that is highly inspiring. After everything I’ve read by him: I’m still amazed.
One inspirational post (out of thousands): Minimalist Fun: The 100 Things Challenge
When Jacob was still in his old job two years back, he didn’t have an enthusiastic feeling when his day began. He had the money and the toys, but is soul wasn’t screaming ‘Hell Yeah!’. A backpacking trip to Europe woke him up and changed his life in the process. Today he’s committed to living an extraordinary life and he has created Sensophy as a way to show others how to do the same! Jacob is one awesome guy with lots of energy – check out his videos!
One inspirational post: 23 Easy, Actionable, and Kick-Ass Ways to Create an Extraordinary Life, Today!
In 2009, Sean’s life sucked. So he quit his job, moved to Thailand, built a business, and started living life the way he’d always wanted. His blog documents the journey and teaches others how to do the same thing. Along the way, he’s working hard to get through his bucket list. These days, he’s hanging out in Asia a lot, enjoying his location independent lifestyle to the fullest while taking care of his Internet business. He’s living the life, guys!
One inspirational post: My Last Day…
Tyler Tervooren is on a personal journey to join the top 1% of the world by completing epic personal challenges. But he wasn’t born doing that. In Februray, 2010, he was laid off and lost that good job. Facing incredible unemployment and the fact that he never really liked his career in the first place, he realized he’d already taken the biggest risk I ever could by not allowing myself to pursue the life I really wanted. And then he went for it. Advanced Riskology is a blog and social movement encouraging people to consciously choose what they want from life and take the risks necessary to achieve it.
One inspirational post: How to Have Everything You Want
Nathan is my real hero. After losing his girlfriend, he bought himself a little boat to live on the Thames in London to satisfy his craving for adventure. In an attempt to escape the rat race and his boring life, he went on to learn how to sail and then left London with 500 bucks in his name to circumnavigate the UK. He still lives on the his tiny sailboat today. Beat that for doing the unconventional.
One inspirational post: Introduction (“Have you ever had a silly idea?” )
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Stay tuned for the next part of my unconventional peeps series – Part II is all about folks making a living the unconventional way and unconventional businesses! Don’t miss!
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