Hello friends! I hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July. I'm writing from a plane headed towards Portland, OR where I'm headed to speak at the World Domination Summit. I'll be speaking on a panel of entrepreneurs led by Pam Slim, a nationally recognized authority on getting people out of corporate slavery and into their best professional lives.
What brings me to WDS this year is a longer story that I'll keep short and sweet. I met the event's founder, Chris Guillebeau, back in 2009. Chris took an interest in my desire at that time to leave my job and start my own business, going so far as to help me create a two-year plan for myself and checking in with me on a monthly (if not more frequent -- oftentimes more frequent) basis. Last year, I finally took that leap and Chris included me in his recently released, NYT-bestselling business book, The $100 Startup.
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It's a honor that I don't feel I deserve but am so happy to have, as the book has revolutionized my thinking about the nuts and bolts of building my business. It's given me focus and outlined clear solutions and strategies for nagging problems I've been grappling with since I decided to focus on Midnight Brunch and event/sponsorship consulting.
I presented with Chris at his $100 Startup launch event in NYC back in May, and it was humbling to see how hungry people are for the knowledge and tools to start their own venture. During that brief talk, I shared a handful of resources that have been valuable to me in my first year of business and I'll be happy to share those here in a post next week.
Out of all of the tools I've used in the past year and everything I've read, The $100 Startup has been the single most actionable collection of advice. To celebrate and support all of the people who read here, and who I'll meet over the weekend in Portland, I'll be giving away two copies of the book -- one to an existing MOTB subscriber and one to someone new to this site.
All you have to do is leave a comment here and let me know why you'd like a copy of $100 Startup. Two winners will be chosen at random (from the two types of commenters) and announced here next Friday, July 13.
Need some inspiration? Check out my friend Amy Cao, who just left her job on June 15 (one year to the day of me leaving my job). Amy left a sweet gig as head of social media/community management for Foodspotting, which was a tiny startup and is now practically a household name. She's ready to get outside of the food vertical and is currently a freelance community strategist looking to build relationships between real people and promising brands using social media. She's currently working with Levo League and Consmr. I'd love to send her new business and support her as she gets started ... and all your comments here will be awesome motivation.
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