I know how it is; I was there, too. You can hardly stand it. You go to work each day, living for the weekend (and happy hour), and that coveted one-dollar raise you have been waiting for that came through after your formal review no longer makes you feel gratified.
The stories you tell yourself about security, prestige, and company loyalty seem so phony. That’s because they are.
You are the only one who will care about your future and your now. You are the only one who will wholeheartedly invest in Y.O.U. You deserve and want more than a job—you want a way of life that fulfills you, allows you to play to your strengths, and doesn’t require you to do those stupid Ropes courses one weekend a year in an attempt to foster team work and corporate bonding.
If you have spent any time on the Internet, and have a passion for living and independent life on your own terms, then you likely know my friend Chris Guillebeau from The Art of Nonconformity blog and his first book by the same name. And if you don’t know who Chris is, then perhaps you come down from your mountain cave and find out.
Chris is a dynamo. The man has visited over 175 countries and will complete his goal of visiting all the nations on our fair planet by the time he is 35, which means he’s got one year to complete the task. When he is not globetrotting, he is putting on the World Domination Summit, for creatives of all stripes, to take place in Portland again this year or writing bestselling books like his latest, The $100 Startup.
The $100 Startup is subtitled Reinvent the Way you Make a Living, Do What you Love, and Create a New Future, and he’s not kidding. The book is practical, a road map—classic Chris all the way. Chris is known for doling out no-nonsense advice and perspective living a life of meaning, adventure, and service. In The $100 Startup, Chris shows you, through stories of others who have stepped off the corporate-go-round, that it is possible to start now, today, without a degree, heaps of cash, or special skills to start a business that feeds your passion and allows you to share with a world that is waiting for your expertise.
The valuable lessons that Chris shares, both of his own life’s journey and that of the 50 individuals profiled in the book, are actionable—you can craft a plan as you read, and implement as you go.
Let’s face it: the economy has changed forever. For better or worse, it is a new game. Learn to thrive in the new economy by starting your own $100 Startup business. Whether you are an employee looking for a side gig, or recently unemployed, The $100 Startup has something for you.
[I am giving away a copy of Chris Guillebeau's new book, The $100 Startup. All you need to do is to comment on this post and tell me what business you'd start today if money, time, or your fears were not holding you back. I will select a winner on Tuesday, May 22nd after 5pm PDT]