A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Guillebeau at a book signing for his book, The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World. I loved his book so much that I had already read it before I found out he was coming to Nashville, and I had broken the binding on the book so I went and bought another copy for him to sign.
Chris is so interesting to me because as his main website says he’s about “unconventional people doing remarkable things”. Chris also does “travel hacking” which I had always wanted to do. Instead of talking about traveling, within the next two years Chris will have visited every country in the world. Talk about my excuses being negated.
Chris just released a new book. As part of his process for writing the The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, he interviewed 1,500 individuals who started companies for under $100 and were making over $50,000 a year from that modest input. I’m featured on pages 221-222 (at least those are the right numbers on the galley copy I received so I knew what he said about me with over 50 other business owners in the book.
I could not put this book down once I got it. Chris says in the prologue, “Imagine handing a letter to your boss that reads, ” Dear Boss, I’m writing to let you know that your services are no longer required. Thanks for everything, but I’ll be doing things my own way now.” I’m very honored to be included with some people doing amazing things. Even though I’ve been in business for over 4 years, I walked away from this book with ideas to add value to my own business.
If you want a step-by-step guide to making money magically come to you, this is not the book you want. If you want to know that you can build your own business and do great things without putting in thousands of dollars, buy it. Buy it now. I think of this book the way I think of TEDx speeches. I hear a lot of people complain that TEDx is boring or they were looking for more “depth”. I find TEDx very inspiring and I walk away thinking and with ideas. There is a difference between “depth” and hand-holding instructional speeches. If you need hand-holding, hire a coach. If you need help with delegating, hire me (end self promotion.)
And don’t worry, Chris has depth in his book. I’m shocked at how much he covered in 300 pages. He even covers what to do if you fail. Many people who leave failure out but often what comes from failure is something so much better than what you imagined. You’ll have to read the failure-to-success stories in the book. Very inspiring.
The $100 Startup was released today. I’d suggest ordering a copy now and digging in this weekend with paper to take notes of your ideas. Remember that getting motivated is a huge part of getting started. You can launch a website with a basic theme and build as you go. To be successful you have to let your ideas out of the bag.
I’d love to know what you thought of the book.
*I did receive a pre-publication copy of this book. I was not asked to review this book and all opinions are my own. Links may be affiliate links.