Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau

  • DOB:

    April 4, 1978

  • Age:


  • Country:

    United States

  • Resides:

    Portland, OR

  • Known For:

    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • Spouse/Partner:

    Jolie Guillebeau

  • Religion:


  • Education:

    Athens State University



Chris Guillebeau is an American New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and speaker. Guillebeau is well known for his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, which focuses on personal development, life, work, and travel. He authored The $100 Start Up and The Art of Non-Conformity and also hosts the Side Hustle School podcast, which provides resources for business owners and independent workers. The central message of his work is that you should live a life that aligns with your personal beliefs rather than conforming to societal expectations.[1]


  • Founder of The Non-Conformity Blog
  • Host of the daily podcast Side Hustle School
  • New York Times bestselling author

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About Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau was born in 1987 in Oregon, United States.[2] Guillebeau never completed a traditional path of formal education. Instead, he dropped out of high school and later enrolled in community college. He eventually earned his master’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington.[3]

Guillebeau started his career as a self-employed entrepreneur. He has been involved in a number of ventures, which range from importing coffee from Jamaica, selling products on eBay, and writing reports on international development issues.[4]

Today, he is primarily a writer, podcaster, and speaker. He travels frequently and has said, “I try to visit readers in at least 30 cities each year.”[1] He frequently speaks at major events, conferences, companies, and universities, including Google, Facebook, SXSW, Evernote, LeWeb, and more.[5] 

Guillebeau also hosts the World Domination Summit, “a gathering of creative, remarkable people,” every summer in Portland, Oregon. He’s described the event as “a weeklong celebration of community, adventure, and service.”[6]

Core Messages and Beliefs

Guillebeau frequently speaks about non-conformity and independence.[7] He believes in the idea that individuals should not be bound by societal expectations and norms, but should instead follow their own path and interests, including in their careers.[8]

He promotes the idea of living a life of “remarkable-ness,” pursuing what you are passionate about, and creating a life that aligns with your values.[9]

Guillebeau also a strong advocate for the idea of the “side hustle,” the concept of starting your own project or business on the side while maintaining a full-time job. He believes that this approach provides individuals with financial security, personal satisfaction, and the potential for growth.[1]

Additionally, Guillebeauy is a fan of and educator on “travelhacking,” meaning traveling on a budget.[10] His non-conventional career path led him to visit every country in the world (193 in total) before his thirty-fifth birthday. In his words, “I started my blog to chronicle my journey to every country in the world—but it’s since grown into a hub for original thinking.”[1]


Guillebeau has written several bestselling books, some of which have been translated into more than 30 languages.[11] His books include:[12] 

  • The Art of Non-Conformity: This is about challenging conventional wisdom and societal expectations to live life on one’s own terms. It includes lessons from Guillebeau’s own experiences and from others who’ve pursued unconventional life paths.
  • The $100 Startup: This book is a guide to creating and growing a startup with minimal resources, based on case studies of successful businesses that started with very little capital.
  • Gonzo Capitalism: In this book, Guillebeau explains ways to turn our time, talents, and creativity into income.
  • The Happiness of Pursuit: Here, Guillebeau discusses the importance of quests and adventures in finding purpose and happiness in life.
  • Born for This: This book provides advice and guidance on finding the work you love and were meant to do, based on the concept of the “career lottery.”
  • Side Hustle: This book is a step-by-step guide to creating a profitable side hustle in less than a month.
  • 100 Side Hustles: Here, Guillebeau shares case studies featuring teachers, artists, coders, and even entire families who’ve found ways to create new sources of income.
  • The Money Tree: This is a story that explores the idea that financial success can be found by pursuing an unconventional path rather than sticking to traditional methods of making a living.

Side Hustle School Podcast

Side Hustle School is Guillbeau’s podcast that offers insights, tips, and case studies for those interested in starting their own side businesses. It aims to provide listeners with the knowledge and inspiration they need to create and grow their side hustles.[6]

One of the main messages of the podcast is that it’s possible to “earn extra money without quitting your job.” Guillebeau adds, “If you love your day job, that’s great too—the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan . . . When you have more than one source of income, you’re no longer dependent on a single employer. You’ll have much greater opportunity. You’ll learn new skills. Oh, and you’ll also have . . . more money.”[6]

Side Hustle School releases a new, short episode every single morning. Each episode features a different story of someone who successfully developed a side hustle. He presents case studies and practical strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their side projects while working a day job.[6]

In addition to the podcast, Guillebeau created an accompanying course called “From Idea to Income,” which is a short course that helps readers find their best ideas for making extra money outside of their primary jobs.[13]


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  3. Chris Guillbeau. LinkedIn.
  4. How I Really Got Started in Business. Chris Guillebeau archives.’ 
  5. Chris Guillebeau. Penguin. Random House.
  6. Side Hustle School. About.
  7. Chris Guillbeau. Blog.
  8. 36 Ways to Live Differently. Chris Guillebeau blog.
  9. 17 Travel Hacking Tips for People Who Value Their Time and Sanity. Chris Guillebeau blog.’
  10. The Decision to be Remarkable. Chris Guillebeau blog.
  11. Chris Guillebeau. Books. 
  12. Chris Guillebeau Books. Amazon. 
  13. From Ideas to Income. Side Hustle School.

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