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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,936 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Guillebeau Narrator: Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Still in his early thirties, Chris Guillebeau is on the verge of completing 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.

There are many otherslike Chris, those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful. Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn’t depend on shelving what you currently do. You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you’re sure it’s successful.

In preparing to write this book, Chris identified over a thousand individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the fifty 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’ 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A kick in the pants to get started on your dream and a road map for finding your way once you begin.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

  • “This book can help you wake up every morning eager to progress to the next step.”

    Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author and CEO of Zappos.com

  • “The money you have is enough. Chris makes it crystal clear: there are no excuses left. START.  Start now, not later.  Hurry.”

    Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of The Bootstrapper’s Bible

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vanessa | 2/18/2014

    " Lots of great tips and encouragement. While I'm starting to build my microbusiness, it's given me purpose and reassurance that I can create success from a shoe string budget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle Stewart | 2/2/2014

    " Practical, helpful, necessary for anyone who has realized, the 9-5 is dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen Koch | 1/28/2014

    " Coming into this book with no expectations, it was a fun and quick read. I always love hearing about people who have made it on their own, so this was a neat collection of those stories, but as a lot of others have said, if you're looking for advice and not just a collection of interesting business biographies, the book doesn't dig deep enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Radhika | 1/27/2014

    " Very helpful and the business plan template is genius!! Thanks for writing this Cris! "

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