Chris Guillebeau, creator of the The Art of Nonconformity, joins us to discuss his career and his new book Born for This.
Creating a deliberate life without grand vision
Lessons learned from failures and dead ends
Balancing persistence with knowing when to quit
How sunk costs impact our decisions
The psychology and mindset required for significant goals
Why an inciting incident doesn’t have to be something massive
4 elements that create emotional resonance in your work
The power of asking if there’s another way to do things
The intersection of joy, money, and flow
Using a combination of intuition and logic (feelings and research)
What happens to your identity at the end of a quest
Most people fail to back out of a dead end not when they’re terrible at it, but when they’re just ok at it.
I’ve had lot of projects because I’m not good at doing just one thing.
Mastery comes when you find something you truly do love.
Having a fixed goal is valuable for both the destination and the journey
Deeper message doesn’t necessarily imply some philosophical truth that has never been shared before
The intersection of joy, money, and flow is essentially the goal
If you look back at the best moments in your life, you don’t necessarily know at the time
Books and Links
Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times best selling author and a 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.”