chris guillebeau 100 startup

"Your possibilities are unlimited, but it all begins with the deliberate choice to think differently."

— Chris Guillebeau

Can a Startup be Less Risky than a Normal Job?

I spent some time with Chris Guillebeau last week hearing some pretty interesting ideas - his answer to the above question was one of them. He was on tour for his new book, The $100 Startup, which recently hit #3 on the WSJ and #6 on the New York Times bestseller lists. His message is powerful and he does a damn good job turning some conventional wisdom on its head (where most of it belongs :)). Chris has done more positive work for the area of creative careers and living life on your terms, than possibly anyone else out there - through his Art of Non Conformity site, The World Domination Summit, Travel Hacking Cartel and The $100 Startup, aside from all kinds of charity work and mentorship. I have no idea how he does it all.

from blog to business

“You can't expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday's tools and expect to be in business tomorrow.”

- Nelson Jackson

From Blog to Business...

Having a blog is one thing. You can get one up and running in a matter of minutes. That alone can be incredibly powerful. In fact, it's one of the best tools for really finding and exploring a passion. But making the transition from blog to business is an entirely different feat. And I certainly needed all the help I could get.

The right tools have made all the difference.

I get requests almost daily asking me to share the tools I use on this site. I meant for this to come at the end of our "Monetize Your Passion Online" series a month or so back, but a few things came up. Sorry for the delay, but I still wanted to be sure to share the full list - especially since many of you are at the building/creation stage of your online project as I write this.

 "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." - Abraham Maslow I've found that passionate work comes down to one action: creating things. To building things using your talents, strengths, passions and interests,...

Career advice from Warren Buffett

“Take a job that you love. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”

- Warren Buffett [Tweet this Quote]

The Power of Continued Education

On Friday night I walked into the Omaha Marriott to check in for the weekend. The first person I said hello to was Bill Gates (yes that Bill Gates). He didn't exactly respond to me by first name, but the brief exchange (and shot of adrenaline that came with it) reminded me of the potential of the weekend ahead. When in Omaha you never know what's going to happen. That's why I go. The next day I spent over eight hours with Warren Buffett. What I learned blew my mind…

start a business for $100

"We rule out the possibility of great change, because it doesn’t seem realistic..."

- Leo Babauta

In honor of Chris Guillebeau's latest book, The $100 Startup, today I want to talk a little about Possibility and the question of "Why Not?" But to start...

The Death of the 'Risky' Startup

There was a time not long ago when turning an idea into a business required a massive investment. Less than a decade ago the cost of building a passion into a career required significant risk. It may have meant leveraging your home, your bank account and maybe even some close relationships, to drum up the seed capital and support. For many it meant hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of loans. Or even taking on investors and giving up a large slice of your dream, in exchange for the millions needed just to get it off the ground. And that's assuming the passion-based business was even possible - which 30 years ago, was likely not the case. The risks used to be enough to get almost anyone saying "there's no f*#%ing" way. They got so high as to convince the world that living someone else's dream (or no one's at all) was the way life was going to be. But that was then...

"Find what makes others successful. Follow closely. Watch what happens." ~Unknown Entrepreneur ***** Today's the third (and final) part to our "Building Your Thriving Online Audience" series, so we're going to talk about the things you absolutely must do if you're serious about building a following online. Because, as...