Last night, I had the pleasure of listening to a talk given by Chris Guillebeau, author of the Art of Non-Conformity, as part of his $100 Startup tour. I was first made aware of Chris Guillebeau and his blog in the summer of 2011. I’ve read The Art of Non-Conformity on and off, but my interest was renewed when Lifehacker mentioned the one-page business plan out of Chris’ book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.
Chris presented The $100 Startup in the context of life and work in the post-recession economy. In introducing The $100 Startup, he spoke about the levels of unemployment and underemployment seen at present, offering a couple of bleak narratives on threats to job security from globalization and the decline of traditional industries.
Chris’ third narrative sets the stage for what he calls the micro-business revolution.
The story of all kinds of people from all over the world, all different backgrounds, ages, …young people of all ages who are thinking differently about life and work. Thinking differently about creative self-employment. Not only thinking, but redefining core concepts of risk and security. These people are asking “What really is risky? What really is secure?” These people are thinking.. “If I can establish an income using my core competencies, take action quickly, is that really risky? Am I not creating freedom for myself by doing this?”…
While I could present a word-for-word transcript of Chris’ first half of the talk, I feel that you would do better to attend a talk in person. Chris talks a lot of sense about concepts like freedom and creating value. I found him to be a great speaker, and look forward to seeing what he has in store for us next.
I did have the opportunity to ask Chris a couple of questions. He shared with me some interesting blogs that he personally follows: