The goal isn’t to get rich quickly but to build something that other people will value enough to pay for

Chris Guillebeau

All around the world, ordinary people are opting out of traditional employment and making their own way. Instead of fighting the system, they’re creating their own form of work—usually without much training, and almost always without much money.

Chris Guillebeau

What do people really, really want? At the end of the day, they want to be happy, and businesses that help their customers be happy are well-positioned to succeed.

Chris Guillebeau

Only when passion merges with a skill that other people value can you truly follow your passion to the bank.

Chris Guillebeau

“You can pursue freedom for yourself while providing value for others. As we saw in the discussion of convergence, a business ultimately succeeds because of the value it provides its end users, customers, or clients.”

Chris Guillebeau

Most of us like to buy, but we don’t like to be sold. Old-school marketing is based on persuasion; new marketing is based on invitation. With persuasion marketing, you’re trying to convince people of something, whether it’s the need for your service in general or why your particular offering is better than the competition’s.

Chris Guillebeau

Putting something off doesn’t mean you’ll never do it, but prioritization will help you get started on what makes the most impact.

Chris Guillebeau

In the battle between planning and action, action wins.

Chris Guillebeau

Being different isn’t enough; differentiation that makes you better is what’s required.

Chris Guillebeau

You must learn to think about value the way your customers do, not necessarily the way you would like them to.

Chris Guillebeau

“A charlatan is all talk, with nothing to back up their claims. A martyr is all action with plenty of good work to talk about, but remains unable or unwilling to do the talking. A hustler represents the ideal combination: work and talk fused together.”

Chris Guillebeau

Every morning, set aside forty-five minutes without Internet access.

Chris Guillebeau