So Chris Guillebeau recently released a new book titled the '$100 Startup" and has launched a 7 continent book tour in support of it.
When I found out I had to be a part of it!
His blog and book have been crazy inspirational to what I do here at IHeartTravel.
To be completely honest I am not quite sure how I came across Chris's blog, but when I read he was going to visit every country in the world by 2013...I WAS HOOKED!
His goal drew me in, but his material made me stay, and eventually made me a big fan. Post after post was filled with wisdom that helped me through turmoil I was facing last year.
His desire to see every country drove my passion for travel.
with reading his posts I became aware that he had written a book titled 'The Art of Non-Conformity', I figured if his book was anything like his blog I wanted in.
After reading the book I was even more inspired, and more certain I could also live a life of my own choosing. I continued to follow the blog, and was highly anticipating his next book.
Sharing a book
About two weeks ago I was meeting up with a good friend (Jeff) designing some material for his new blog. As we sat and discussed designs, and various other topics his eyes wandered to my book collection.
He happen to be intrigued by a certain book, that book was 'The Art of Non-Conformity'.
He was intrigued and borrowed "my precious" (insert Smigel mental image/voice here). A few days later I checked in, and told him how the book was going. He had brought it to work to try and read it, but hadn't found time to do so.
Fortunately a co-worker spotted the book and asked to borrow it. His co-worker read the book in three days, and when he find out we would be heading to Boston for the $100 startup tour, he was in!
I was glad to see that someone had also become aware of the wisdom Chris spreads!
After the first tour stop in NYC, the second stop would be in Cambridge (right outside of Boston).... SCORE I live 45 minutes from Boston!
So my buddy Jeff, his co-worker, 'B', and I headed up to Cambridge.
The ride up was filled with great discussion, about various topics. We arrived with about 5 minutes until the event started. Luckily we scored a parking spot right near the Harvard Coop bookstore (where the event took place).
The place was not overly packed. I had my new camera to get some shots, and my buddy Jeff had his. I threw my jacket & camera bag down, and proceeded to the front rows where we scored front row floor seats YES!!
Seconds before the event began Chris spotted me with my camera shook my hand and asked “Are you a photographer?"
in a very calm matter (secretly I was overly excited/nervous)
I replied “No, I wish, my name is Jeremy I follow your blog" (cool smile)
and so the event began. Chris gave a great 20 min lecture followed by a Q&A, and then book signing.
Not only was this event great in meeting Chris, but what really made it was the people Chris is able to attract. The room was filled with such great inspiring people.
Two people in attendance were actually in the $100 startup book, one of which I had the honor of meeting. Her name is Jessica Salzman and runs a bookkeeping business. Jessica like others in attendance was drawn by my Guatemala IHeartTravel shirt (which I purposely/proudly was wearing). We chatted for a bit and I will be meeting with her in the near future!
Jessica was just one of the many great people I talked with
<3 there was Brian who runs a blog focused on building team work & software
<3 Jim who gave me some tips for my daughter (which was great) and who runs Jungle Jim's, a family entertainment business
<3 Sara who is a teacher & traveler, who will be teaching students Chinese...in China...without knowing Chinese (AMAZING!)
All evening I was just incredibly overjoyed by all these amazing stories & people.
When I started IHeartTravel I couldn't have foreseen people out in the world living their dreams. I thought I was the only one that thought his dreams were to crazy to ever become reality.
It has been great interacting with the dreamers online, but last night I was able to finally meet the tweeters, the Facebookers, and the bloggers in real person. I finally realized that these people are not just amazing stories on the internet
Chris and his movement continue to inspire me, and I cannot wait to read the $100 Startup!!!