“You already have the skills you need —
you just have to know where to look.”
A renaissance is a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival (definition taken from Dictionary.com). I definitely need all of the above, but I don’t think any of it comes in a can, unfortunately, which means I must work at it. That sucks, because WORK totally turns me off.
But okay, I’m a total liar-face.
Because through my writing on this here bloggy-blog, I have definitely experienced a renaissance of sorts. I have found my voice and thus been “reborn”, which in turn has given me a crazy amount of vigor. (As well as piss. Get it? Piss and vigor? *crickets* … stupid audience.) Blogging has totally given me new life. And I haven’t even made a single god damn penny.
I say “yet”, because this is exactly what Chris Guillebeau is talking about in his new book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. The first chapter talks all about the excitement which can be found in pursuing your passion.
And *MY* passion?
I love to challenge a broken status quo. I love to write. I love to rant. I love to rally a crowd into agreement with me. I’m not sure “YET” how this can be transformed into a paying job, but I’m FOR SURE mulling this over (and open to suggestions, hint-hint!).
“I knew what I wanted,
and it didn’t exist,
so I built it.”
“I wasn’t sure what kind of place I was trying to build,
but I knew it had to be a welcoming environment
where customers weren’t hassled.”
“I got the surprise of my life
when I started teaching classes for fun
and made more money at that
than at my normal job.”
The happiest and most successful entrepreneurs are those who think along these lines. So now I have to ask myself… What is it I want that doesn’t already exist? What kind of place am I trying to build? What can I teach for which others would be willing to pay? Good, good questions. I doubt I can convince anyone to pay me for being a bitchy asshole. Unless anyone’s interested… ?
Chris Guillebeau gives readers the magic formula for making a profit while at the same time creating a more meaningful life for ourselves as well as others:
Passion / Skill (Freedom) + Usefulness (Value) = Success
Chris Guillebeau then tells us that starting a business is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.
1. You need a product or service. DAMN.
2. You need customers. DOUBLE-DAMN.
3. You need a way to get paid. ← Way to put the cart before the horse, Andi-Roo. I totally have a Paypal account to which you’re welcome to contribute until I figure out what the fuck I’m doing.
Overall — Build something that people want and give it to them. World Peace is right out; I don’t have enough Legos for that.