81: Chris Guillebeau on Living by Your Own Rules


Chris Guillebeau became an entrepreneur when he was just 19 years old. After trying a series of conventional jobs, he realized he had to do something else. “I was a terrible employee, I didn’t want to work for anybody else,” says Chris. He wanted to create freedom and independence for himself, and now dedicates his life to the worthwhile combination of highly personal goals and service to others.


Chris got bitten by the travel bug while he was an aid worker. He set up his first blog, The Art of Nonconformity in 2008 to chronicle his journey around the world and share his experiences. The blog also teaches people how to travel-hack and empowers readers with tools and research to help them make the jump to a way of life that’s more aligned with their values. Chris’s philosophy centers around living an authentic life: “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect.” What kind of life do you want to experience?


We know many of our listeners are keen to start their own businesses, but there can be a lot of fear involved in that decision – for Chris, the key is motivation. “Follow your passion and the money will follow.” He encourages budding entrepreneurs not to let fear make the decisions. Instead, base your choices around three key principles: Joy (what you like to do), money (something that’s financially viable) and flow (something that uses your unique skills.)


Chris’s new book Born for This: How to Find the Work You Are Meant to Do centers around those three key components and is the culmination of years of research on people who have found or created their dream job. Chris will be on a 30-city tour to promote the book, check out www.bornforthisbook.com for details. If you go, make sure you say hi to Chris from Food Heals Nation!

At the Santa Monica book signing of Born For This with Chris Gullebeau

At the Santa Monica book signing of Born For This with Chris Gullebeau

For budding entrepreneurs, Chris has one key recommendation: make sure your message and your mission are clear. You can figure out the logistics later – social media won’t matter if you have nothing to say. “Your message should be one of empowerment and change.” Find your tribe, that group of people who is as passionate about your topic as you are.


Tune in and find out how Chris visited every country in the world before he turned 35, how he funded his trip and how he grew his online business into a success! And of course, tips to start living the life of your dreams!


Chris Guillebeau’s Bio

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.”

Chris’s first book, The Art of Non-Conformity, was translated into more than twenty languages. His second book, The $100 Startup, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, selling more than 300,000 copies worldwide. His latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit, was published in September 2014 and was also a New York Times bestseller.

Every summer in Portland, Oregon, Chris hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people with thousands in attendance. Chris is also the founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, the Travel Hacking Cartel, and numerous other projects.


Chris Guillebeau’s Links

Website: chrisguillebeau.com





Our Favorite Moments:

17:19 So you are a real entrepreneurial rock star!

20:00 The whole purpose is to make a difference.

20:15 You can do anything you want as long as you’re passionate.

23:58 He’s visited all of the world, we’re not kidding!

27:50 Anyone who’s an entrepreneur of any kind needs to know this.

31:35 Everything is figure-out-able.

36:31 I want to dominate the world!


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Links from show:

A Brief Guide to World Domination

279 Days to Overnight Success


Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.30.18 PMBorn For This  by Chris Guillebeau




Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.31.45 PMThe Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau



Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.34.49 PMThe $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau




Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.35.08 PMThe Happiness of Pursuit  by Chris Guillebeau





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