We all have pivotal moments in our journey to becoming entrepreneurs. Some are defined by mistakes and others by successes that we’ve enjoyed.
The moment that I am thinking about in my journey is prior to any of this and it takes me back the the learning phase, before I had even taken my first steps into online business.
It’s the summer of 2010, and I can remember reading two books that didn’t necessarily change my perspective, but they helped me to feel something that I needed to feel in order to move forward.
The thoughts I had towards business that I could take with me anywhere I wanted to go, was so far only a dream that I had, while living in this little isolated town in Northern Ontario, Canada.
When we are isolated and not yet surrounded by other people doing, making and building cool projects, we can often times feel that our thoughts are merely dreams and that maybe we should just get back to our jobs and try and fit into life as most people live it.
If you are like me, then you know somewhere deep inside that this is not true and that life can be big and beautiful if you want it to be.
The two books were 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. If you have not yet read The AONC, I strongly urge you do do so. It really paints a great picture of an entrepreneur getting started and doing what needs to be done in order to succeed.
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Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.
Since then he has modeled the proven definition of an entrepreneur: “Someone who will work 24 hours a day for themselves to avoid working one hour a day for someone else.”
What you will learn in this episode:
- What Chris did at the beginning of his career that he feels helped him succeed
- The one thing that Chris feels is more important that being great or perfect
- How and why to focus on building personal relationships
- Why Chris decided he had to become an entrepreneur
- What bothers Chris about his current business and how he is looking to change it
Resources and links mentioned:
- Chris’s Blog, The Art of Non-Conformity
- Chris on Twitter
- An awesome Free PDF called, A Brief Guid to World Domination
- An excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s brand new book “The Happiness of Pursuit“
- The tool Chris uses to stay productive and on task with his projects OmniFocus
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