Calling All Freaks

Freaks Book Cover Many books don’t come with a soundtrack, unless they’re eventually made into a movie. With my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, there’s most definitely a theme song. It doesn’t have to be your theme song. That’s the best part about being a freak, a weirdo, a misfit, a world dominator. You can be whatever you choose. That’s part of it. But, here’s a song for the freaks.

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We Have a Hashtag

If you want to talk with other freaks before and after the publication of the book, use the hashtag #proudfreak. Now, we’re not the only ones using it, evidently, but I suspect a lot of the traffic after the fact will be the folks talking about the book.

Books are a Gathering Place

The biggest win I could have with the Freaks book is that it’s only the start of something. The real goal is to connect you together, to build the collection of freaks, to grow the monchu, and to help others find their success.

Books can be this. They can be the gathering place before the experience really gets going. I will be publishing the audiobook version. There’s even more there. I’m going to patrol the hashtag. I gave people my email address in the book. But that’s just me. You can be your own freak leader. You can inherit the earth and help others inherit theirs.

Play Your Anthems Loud

If you ever felt you didn’t belong, now’s your time. The world is being run by people who don’t belong. And by “the world,” I only mean the parts that matter to you. I’m not here to cure oppression. I’m here to show you that we’re living between the cracks. I’m here to show you that if you don’t want to be a cubicle farmer, you don’t have to be.

Reading Material for Freaks

Lots of great writing exists for freaks. Some of the more obvious works?

Ender’s Game. Forget the movie. This is how to think differently.

Escape from Cubicle Nation. A classic. A must.

The Icarus Deception – One of my favorite Seth Godin books, and that’s saying a lot. :)

Everything I Know – if you know Paul Jarvis, he’s a freak. No really.

Everything that Remains. If you’re not following the Minimalists, you need to rectify that.

Choose Yourself. Not only is James Altucher quoted and interviewed frequently in relationship to this book, he’s one of the most successful freaks I know.

The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is why the third type of freak listed on the subtitle of the book says what it does. This book is one of his best on the subject. (Suggested by RJ Diaz of Industry Portage, who is featured in the book!)

Unlabel. Learn to be a freak from one who has made over a billion dollars from being himself.

I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This. Still have to work for the man? Kate White’s brilliant. She’s a ninja of what to know.

The In Between. Not sure anyone’s ever called Jeff Goins a freak. He is. Best of ways.

The Go-Giver – Bob Burg and John David Mann have just the parable for you. This book is world renowned for a reason.

We Are All Weird – Seth Godin gets two spots. This book is a must, a simple volume worth talking about.

Die Empty. I told Todd Henry I hated the title to this book. Like a lot of things in life, Todd is right and I’m wrong. I love Todd Henry. I kind of stalk him.

I’ll add to this section. I’m missing some things. I wrote this while sleepy, so it can happen. Is your book the best thing a freak should read? Tell me in the comments (without links, so my spam filter doesn’t eat you).

Consider preordering my book?

I would love it if you’d consider preordering my book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or 800CEORead, or your local store of choice.

And remember, for a limited time, if you buy 300 copies, I’ll waive my speaking fees and come speak to your own little group of freaks. Just fill out the little form and talk with Ron and we’ll make that happen.

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  • Paul O’Mahony

    Now there’s an offer – let’s get 50 of us in Ireland to preorder 6 copies each = 300 – then Chris will waive his speaking fee and chew the cud with us. Ummm… That’s a freaky ideas eh?
    I think I’ll have a word with a few people in this wet country. You see, us freaks are outnumbered in Ireland – but our day is coming – and all we need is a tipping-point… Imagine Chris Brogan as catalyst – the butterfly that provoked the storm… Ummm

    • Chris Brogan

      Make it happen and I’ll be there with bells on, Paul.

      • Paul O’Mahony

        I’m debating whether it’s good to share stuff about how we’re going about selling 300 freaky books – might people find it irritating? It’s not my platform – even though I feel it is :)

    • Lucy Chen

      What a brilliant idea!

      • Paul O’Mahony

        Lucy – thank you. I see you’re in Australia – haven’t had time to check out where or look at what you do – but you’ve made my morning. I need to get my head around this & make a list of the special 50 (or even 25 well-connected people). Now that Chris has spoken – there is no time to squander.
        The #300FreakyBooksProject could be a great community builder – but maybe I’m losing the run of myself? Better bounce off my sounding boards.
        Could such an approach work in your neck of the woods?

        • Lucy Chen

          I’m sure it would if I can find 50 well connected people, too.

          • Paul O’Mahony

            Would you be interested in “progress reports” on the #300freakybooksproject from Ireland?
            We’ve made a start this evening and it would be good to have a buddy

          • Lucy Chen

            I would love to know how you go about finding these people and making it work! I think I can learn from your process and perhaps do something here. Thank you, Paul.

          • Paul O’Mahony

            Let’s do that then Lucy. It’ll be good for me to have you there to share the moves with.
            For starters: last night I met up with 4 others (3 women, one bloke) – all admirers of Chris Brogan. Three get his newsletter – one has dared email him. We all thought the 300 books offer was phenomenal value – too good to miss. We shook hands on a collaboration to sell 300 books & thereby have an extra special event-meeting with Chris in Ireland. (we didn’t sort the question of how to pay for his flight – but he’s definitely invited to stay in my house in Cork).
            Today I’ll send the co-conspirators an email to cement the good intentions – in case they were too intoxicated to remember).

          • Paul O’Mahony

            We now have 4.5 people forming a team to sell the 300 books & plan an event fit for Chris – almost certainly in Cork. But this evening the net expanded – a woman in Mayo (west of Ireland) signed up for the enterprise – turns out she’s already interviewed Chris for her blog (not yet published).
            We’re going to pull together all the Brogan enthusiasts in Ireland first – and then think about how we might invite a tiny number of special people over from UK too.

          • Lucy Chen

            Whoa! How fantastic! I would love to invite Chris to stay in my house, too!

          • Paul O’Mahony

            Lucy – I just found out that Chris is giving 5 opportunities for the 300 book deal. So if you’re even half inclined to go for it – get in touch with Ron Hull via the link. That way you’ll have time to see whether you have enough people to team up with.
            Chris has given me the impression that he might even prefer a freaky person’s house to a boring old hotel room :)

          • Lucy Chen

            Where can I find Ron?

          • Paul O’Mahony

            Above you’ll see “Just fill out the little form and talk with Ron and we’ll make that happen.” – alternatively ronhoodathbwaydotcom

  • RJ Diaz

    The Art of Non-Conformity by Guillebeau immediately comes to mind. Chris, I can’t wait to get my hands on “Freaks”!

    • Chris Brogan

      Oh right! Great one. Duh. : ) And you’re all over Freaks. : )

  • Karen Baker

    Ugh, waiting for hardcover (treasures her books) due April 28th from Amazon

    • Chris Brogan

      Hardcover comes out on the same day, silly. Just click “hardcover” instead of Kindle or Nook. : )

  • Denis Cleary

    Preordered & waiting!
    As Michael Franti sings in “Stay Human”: All the Freaky People Make the Beauty of the World!

    • Chris Brogan

      We agree, Michael and me. : )

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  • Mitch Jackson

    Great video. There’s a bit of #proudfreak (and Nosey) in all of us. Just pre-ordered on Amazon :-)

  • luthercale

    Hey Chris, great idea! I just pre-ordered your book, as well as downloaded four more from your excellent list. I like your idea of building a community of misfits & dreamers around the ideas in your book. As for my own contribution to the misfits & world dominators and your request for additional book recommendations, I have outlined a series of specific experiments that I took over a period of 12 years to break free of normal & live life on my terms. The books are available on Amazon – 33 Ways to Reboot Your Life and (the new book) 33 More Ways to Reboot Your Life.

    • Paul O’Mahony

      Luther – I love your “building a community of misfits & dreamers around the ideas in your book” – sign me up for that

    • Chris Brogan

      Great, Luther! Thanks for sharing that. : )

  • Tania Shipman

    Pre-ordered mine, just waiting on delivery. #proudfreak

    • Chris Brogan


  • abqandrea

    Consider adding “The Power of Unpopular” by Erika Napoletano to your list. All about knowing who your audience isn’t and shouldn’t be to better serve your true crowd.

    • Chris Brogan

      Oh good one!

    • luthercale

      I just downloaded this one based on your post! I had never heard of it … Looks great! This is a turning out to be a GREAT reading list just from this one post and comments. Very grateful.

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