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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chris Guillebeau: Balanced People Don’t Change the World | Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U

If you were able to make $48,500 a year by following your passion, would you do it? That number comes from 279 Days to Overnight Success, an e-book by writer and world traveler Chris Guillebeau that outlines how he became a full-time writer/blogger in less than a year. Depending on who you are and where you live, Guillebeau’s projected annual income of just under $50k may or may not sound like much money. 
Regardless, it raises questions about how we define success: Is it about money? Is it about personal fulfillment? Is it about doing good in the world?
That's the introduction to Glei's interview with Guillebeau. Author of the blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, Guillebeau gives provocative answers to these questions:
  • If you had to name one thing all of the remarkable (and happy!) creative people you've met have in common, what would it be?
  • How many priorities do you think you can have at once for prioritization to be useful? Can you be open to new experiences without being willing to deviate from your priorities?
  • Much of your writing and observations seem to be about breaking routine. What's the value of routine vs. breaking routine? 
  • Any thoughts on the "time curve" of being able to subsist on work that's driven by your passion? ... Will 279 days work for everyone?
  • Can your passion necessarily be monetized? You say you spend 10% of your time on "business" and the rest doing the things you love. Do you think that's possible for everyone? 
  • Thoughts on the possibilities of following your passion AND having a well-rounded life?
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This article is featured today (Oct. 20) in Garbl's Creativity Connections, available at the Creativity tab above and by free email subscription.

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