I had never heard of Chris Guillebeau until a few days ago when I came across a little blurb in Vroman’s newsletter. I’m glad I did. Last night, the Pasadena bookstore (my favorite) hosted a reading/signing of his book, The $100 Startup, and boy did followers of Chris show up in support. This was one of the few times when they allowed an author to speak outside in the courtyard; a nice departure from the stuffy, indoor book signings. Which, ironically, is kind of what the book is all about – bucking tradition and breaking away from the norm. He spoke of following your entrepreneurial dreams, often for as a little as $100. (Hence, the book’s title) Unlike so many “How To” books, though, which succinctly tell you that Joe Public had an idea and overnight made a million dollars, Chris interviewed several people who’ve either gone from jobs that they hated or from which they’d recently been laid- off/fired and tells of their ideas from inception to reality with all of the victories, headaches and pitfalls involved; the good, bad and the ugly. I’ve only leafed through a few pages, but Chris was so inspirational last night that I’ve been inspired to finally get into gear and get going on a couple of my own ideas. As my aunt Martha says, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
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I was born in the country, but brought up in the big city, with hopes of always maintaining the charm, wit and character of a southern, sophisticated
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