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Lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose—and earn a good living.
“Thoughtful, funny, and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
Still in his early thirties, Chris Guillebeau completed a tour of every country on earth and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. 
Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and focused on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment. It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise”—even if you don’t consider it such—and what other people will pay for.  You don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.
Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars his group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick. Among Chris’s key principles: If you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish—sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.
In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold. Today, we know that it’s up to us to change our lives. And the best part is, if we change our own life, we can help others change theirs. This remarkable book will start you on your way.

Business & Personal Finance
Chris Guillebeau
hr min
May 8
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

JoeInTX ,

Great, but...

The book and its contents are brilliant. Love it, and hanging on every word! BUT, the narraration is terrible. Slow, monotone, and making into boredom what is otherwise fantastically fun (read:addicting) material.

Higgidy Wiggidy ,

Worth every penny!

This book is worth every penny. Its detailed enough for you to grab and GO! Reminded me of Tim Ferris a lot, but only because I read that book 1st. If I would have read this book first...well you get the picture. Either way, I enjoyed hearing similarities between 4 Hour Work Week and this book, but I also enjoyed the slight differences in opinion between the two authors. I don't think there will be many "if any" bad reviews on this book. The content is too rich and it maps so well with so many ideals. Job well done and a large Thank You from me!

Ameann ,

Awesome read

This is a very detailed guide on anything & everything you need to know to get a business off the ground! Simply explained, well read, encouraging, well worth your time & money! Made all my listen to it! Puts a fire in your soul to make your dreams come true!

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