5 Lessons From Chris Guillebeau's Born For This Tour

Christine Barnes | Empowerment Coach

You know that feeling you get when you first listen to a really great album or band, read a game changer of a book, or stumble upon a delicious new Ben & Jerry’s flavor? That feeling of where has this been all my life?!

I felt this exact feeling when I learned about life coaching and most recently, when I discovered Chris Guillebeau because we share a similar ethos and many of the same values so I sort of felt jipped and like someone had been hiding him and his work from me all this time. (Side note: I purchased Chris’s second book, The $100 Startup, a few years ago and I clearly have yet to read it so the joke’s on me because he’s been here all along.)


In short, Chris is an entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and world traveler. He’s passionate about living a non-conventional life and sharing his experiences with those of us who want to break free from societal expectations. Yes, yes, hell yes.

He was a recent guest on Lewis Howes’s podcast, The School of Greatness, and I highly recommend you carve out an hour to give this episode a listen. It’s a genuine and heartfelt conversation that covers both business and life and how to keep going when the going gets unexpectedly tough. This episode sealed the deal with Chris for me so I clicked over to his online digs and as the Universe would have it, he would be in my neck of the woods promoting his newest book within the coming weeks. I was stoked and immediately RSVP’d.

Your possibilities are unlimited, but it all begins with the deliberate choice to think differently.
— Chris Guillebeau

5 takeaways from the Born For This Tour


1. Don’t be afraid to choose something different, take a risk, or make a U turn.

This was music to my ears, for real. We all exist in a world where mistakes and unexpected outcomes basically mean you've screwed up. Wrong turns and different paths provide lessons and experiences so an alternative route by no means means you’ve failed.

2. The process of discovery is equally as beneficial as any eureka moment.

Playing off of the first lesson, don't become so laser-focused on the destination or desired end result that you lose sight of what's happening in the midst of the pursuit. Sure, those eureka and aha moments are powerful and can lead you to the next best thing but don’t forget about the findings along the way.

3. Vitality is not a strategy.

Planning to live your life through a screen is no life despite the use of apps or filters. Genuine connection should be the priority instead of the number of likes, shares, friend requests, or comments you regularly receive. How’s that saying go? Quality over quantity, baby.

4. What’s your guiding value?

Make decisions according to what’s most important to you. Sounds simple, right? These next three words can dictate whether you’re living in tune with your values or not.

Did today matter?

If the answer is yes, carry on with your bad self. If you hesitate to answer with a no, it's time for a reevaluation.

5. Don’t listen to dreamcrushers.

You know the people I’m referring to here. Those family members who stick their nose up at you and your wild ambitions. Those friends who don’t understand the goals you’re chasing day in and day out. And those random acquaintances who couldn’t actually care less about you or your passions even though they feign interest. These people don’t deserve to share the inner workings of your dream(s) despite how close they may be or how long you’ve known one another.


Chris is passionate about connecting with his community. He’s honest about his journey and has detailed the steps he took to get where he is now which can be immensely beneficial for those of us who are in the early stages of business. The stops on his book tours are laid-back and low-key with an emphasis on connecting with both himself and fellow attendees. I really admire how he treats his community which just adds to my fondness for him. Plus, he’s a fan of cupcakes so need I say more?


Chris’s latest book, Born For This, is all about finding the work you were born to do. Easier said than done, I hear you, but it’s possible to hit the ‘career lottery’ as he's coined it as long as you are willing to take action and do the work.

It’s easy to get caught up in the comfort of an already set schedule or great pay and company perks, but joy is a piece of the career equation which is often passed over in favor of money and security. And this isn't to say that you need to up and quit your job tomorrow in exchange for pursuing your passion. Begin by taking action and establishing and maintaining a side hustle to bring that joy back into the picture. Do put your notice in though if your job is soul-sucking because whatever is keeping you there isn't worth your time or sanity. 

Born For This by Chris Guillebeau

The Born For This Tour was a memorable night for sure and it impacted me so much that I bought my ticket to Chris's World Domination Summit a few days later. WDS is a weekend-long conference in Portland, Oregon for remarkable people living in a conventional world. I am incredibly excited to see how these days in August will take shape and I have yet to step foot in Portland so this adventure will be that much sweeter.

I’ll leave you with two questions to give some thought to for your own sake. Leave a comment below if this resonates or send through a message. I'd also love to hear your thoughts if you've read this book or have attended WDS.

Are you living a non-conventional life and if so, what does that look like?

More importantly, are you doing the work you were born to do?