I recently went to a Hacker News meetup featuring a great speech by Giles Bowkett, a self-made wizard of Ruby on Rails, online marketing guru, and personal coach.
Giles has recently tried the challenge of launching one mini-business per month. He did this to test the limits of creativity, see what lessons he could learn, and hopefully make some money doing it as well. He managed to achieve all three goals.
He did this by first becoming a master of Ruby on Rails and speaking at tech conferences and blogging on the subject to build a reputation. His background was also in acting, and he's found ways to combine his interests in acting, coaching, and technology to make money through online mini-businesses. A lot of the lessons he taught (like the power of virtual assistants) reminded me of the life-changing and mind-altering lessons I learned in The Four-Hour Workweek, which I recently completed reading and can't wait to blog about.
The books he read that helped him with his challenge were the following:
Overall, it was a fun and engagement presentation, and I look forward to the next meetup.