Chris Guillebeau: Traveler, Author, Speaker
Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. He is also an entrepreneur, blogger, and speaker. He has an incredibly strong passion for traveling that he has been to every single country on the earth. Every year he speaks and shares his idea at dozens of events, companies, organizations, and universities. Recent engagements have included Google, Facebook, LeWeb, SXSW, Evernote, The Motley Fool, Hallmark, GrowCO, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Maybe or maybe not, you have dreamed of being completely free from any restriction to have your own life. You can provide dozens of execuses not to realize it. True, it is scary to live in a new world. Once you have gotten out of your comfort-zone, you can get whatever you want.
-----First and foremost, compared to other huge media where you normally show up, Creativida is relatively small. Why did you accept this interview in the first place?
Whatever success I’ve known has come directly from my readers, not from big media. I’m always happy to talk with people about non-conformity and unconventional living.
-----How did you come up with the concept of The Art of Non-Conformity?
I wanted to create a project that tied together different interests—life, work, travel—in a way that offered alternatives and solutions to those who were interested. I liked using non-conformity as a theme, because it could be applied in a lot of ways.
-----When you are in a challenging situation, what is your instant reaction?
“What can I learn from this?”
-----Through publishing books, what kind of message would you like to deliver to your readers?
My consistent and ever-present message is: “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect. You can do good things for yourself and for others at the same time.”
-----What is your next big thing?
One way or another, I hope to keep writing, traveling, and connecting with people all over the world.
Chris Guillebeau: The Art of Non-Conformity
-----What is a common trap that people fall into when people think about the career?
The belief that a job is just a means to an end, and it’s not something that you’re supposed to enjoy. Some jobs may be like that, but we spend a third of our lives at work. Is it really the best answer to just suffer through it so that we have something to look forward to on the weekend?
-----If you want to have your own lifestyle, what do you need to remember?
Just because everyone else is jumping off the bridge doesn’t mean that you have to. More here:
-----If you can make a call to 20-year-old Chris Guillebeau, what kind of advice you would give to him?
“Hey Chris! It’s yourself calling, just much older. Listen—you have big ideas, and you should pay attention to them. Also, don’t be so afraid or so timid. You’ll have struggles, but you’ll get through them.”