HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?
“A maverick is not just a rebel. You know you can rebel against a lot of things, but I think a maverick is maybe thinking more unconventionally. There’s this whole thing that comes from The Matrix, that movie, it’s been used in lots of other things about how everything you’ve been told is a lie, and like that you have to go and find your own truth and that’s fine but I think it’s a little bit simplistic. Because not everything you were told is a lie. Like someone told you to look both ways when you cross the street when you were a kid, that’s probably a good thing right. If your dentist tells you should brush your teeth and floss so right. So the challenge in life essentially is figuring out OK what is true and what is a lie? What is my truth? So that’s what a maverick does. It’s not just rebelling against everything. It’s let me be a bit more intelligent here but then when I find out OK what is it that I want to do, what is it that I’m trying to achieve and how can I work with others to make that happen, that’s when things get interesting.”
Chris Guillebeau is Founder of a movement called The Art of Conformity . He is a writer, entrepreneur, and world traveller. Over the past five years he has visited every country in the world (193/193), documenting the quest on his blog. His recent books, The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup, were New York Times bestsellers. His most recent book is Born for This.
Chris produces and hosts the World Domination Summit (WDS),a gathering of thousands of remarkable people that takes place each summer in Portland.
WHY CHRIS WAS INTERVIEWED
I had come across Chris’ adventures via his blog and The Art of Non Conformity. As the Business Mavericks are non conformers I thought it was kind of essential to include Chris. I asked him in a room full of people when he was doing a book signing and he said yes. Chris is fun, interesting, knowledgeable, open, wide and diverse.