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The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

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In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit (Harmony), compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, challenges each of us to take control — to make our lives "be about" something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment.

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Always wanted to make croissants? Dreamed of learning to surf or opening a cat sanctuary? Whoever said it's not about the destination but the journey was only half right. Bliss lies in pursuing the seemingly impossible with steely tenacity, and Guillebeau offers solid advice and tales of his own journeys to inspire you to pursue your wildest dreams.
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A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest.

When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist — each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.

Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, and a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone — as well as a do-it-yourselfer tackling M.I.T.’s computer-science course, a nerd turning himself into real-life James Bond, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books.

The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness — how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives — and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. In The Happiness of Pursuit he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation.

Equally fascinating is Chris’ examination of questing’s other side, including questers’ acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the “at risk” community saved?

A book that challenges each of us to take control — to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment — The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count.

Review:

"If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It's dangerously inspiring. It will make you want to do amazing things with your life. You may not end up visiting every country on Earth or directing a global protest from the top of a tree (I certainly won't), but Chris made me want to dive into an adventure. The Happiness of Pursuit is a how-to guide for avoiding a boring life." A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically

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“It’s not easy to dream big — and it’s not easy to turn that dream into reality. The brilliant Chris Guillebeau provides the essential blueprint for those of us for whom the happiness of pursuit — such as Chris’s successful quest to visit every country in the world — is a key part of the pursuit of happiness.” Gretchen Ruben, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

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“Passion is the quickest route to joy — the kind that gets your heart beating and your soul smiling. It involves committing to something bigger than yourself, taking risks, trusting; there’s no passion in your comfort zone. Guillebeau’s route to happiness is taking on a quest — something that will get you up in the morning, impatient to begin your day. His stories, biographies, observations, and personal insights will get you thinking about a greater purpose. And there’s a lot of how-to in here. If you’ve been wondering ‘what it’s all about?’ this book could change your life.” Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World

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“When a quest is a journey or a sought-after goal, it can be satisfying, fun, even paradigm-shifting. But when a quest begins with an inner yearning and transforms into a calling, it becomes medicine for the soul, and this changes everythingThe Happiness of Pursuit is an invitation to listen to the part of oneself that craves purpose. It says. "Hey! Wake up! Your unique adventure awaits you." Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine

About the Author

Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur, traveler, and New York Times bestselling author.  His first two books were The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup.  Recently, he completed his quest to visit every country in the world before the age of 35.  Host of the World Domination Summit, an international gathering of creative people, Chris is focused on encouraging individual quests while also “giving back.” His main website, ChrisGuillebeau.com, is visited by more than 500,000 people per month.

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Ryan DeJonghe, September 17, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
This book is not about happiness. Throughout, the author writes about loneliness, failure, despair, and the “post-quest funk”. If you are seeking a book about happiness, I have some recommendations for you below. Instead, this book is about the quest. It is about channeling your inner Don Quixote and dreaming your impossible dream--and then going for it! This book is a guide: about picking your quest, planning your quest, and achieving your quest.

Are you ready? Author Chris Guillebeau says you are.

Quests come in all shapes and sizes. THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT gives you plenty of examples. You can decide knit or crochet 10,000 hats like Robyn Devine, or you can produce the world’s largest symphony performance like Gary Thorpe, or you can run marathons in 99 countries like John “Mad Dog” Wallace. The quest is up to you. It’s yours. Here are the categories that Guillebeau presents:

Academic
Activism
Athleticism
Exploration
Independence
Self-discovery
Creative
Documentation

Guillebeau provides ways to discover your ideal quest, how to fund and prepare for it, how to keep a positive mindset during the lonely periods, and what to do if things don’t exactly tie-up. All of this kept reminding me of this quote from Steve Jobs:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Guillebeau has an inviting writing style that you’ll connect with. He talks and relates to everything from Shakespeare to video games. Judging by the other stellar reviews, Guillebeau has already made that connection hundreds of times.

Overall, if you need motivation, guidance, or support for your quest, THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT should be your go-to guide. And you are welcome for getting “To Dream the Impossible Dream” stuck in your head.

As for those books about happiness, I recommend these:

10% HAPPIER by Dan Harris
HARDWIRING HAPPINESS by Rick Hanson
THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle (my favorite of the bunch)


Thank you Harmony for sending this book to me for review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385348843
Subtitle:
Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Author:
Guillebeau, Chris
Publisher:
Harmony
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.69 x 1.06 in 0.9 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Always wanted to make croissants? Dreamed of learning to surf or opening a cat sanctuary? Whoever said it's not about the destination but the journey was only half right. Bliss lies in pursuing the seemingly impossible with steely tenacity, and Guillebeau offers solid advice and tales of his own journeys to inspire you to pursue your wildest dreams.

"Review" by , "If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It's dangerously inspiring. It will make you want to do amazing things with your life. You may not end up visiting every country on Earth or directing a global protest from the top of a tree (I certainly won't), but Chris made me want to dive into an adventure. The Happiness of Pursuit is a how-to guide for avoiding a boring life."
"Review" by , “It’s not easy to dream big — and it’s not easy to turn that dream into reality. The brilliant Chris Guillebeau provides the essential blueprint for those of us for whom the happiness of pursuit — such as Chris’s successful quest to visit every country in the world — is a key part of the pursuit of happiness.”
"Review" by , “Passion is the quickest route to joy — the kind that gets your heart beating and your soul smiling. It involves committing to something bigger than yourself, taking risks, trusting; there’s no passion in your comfort zone. Guillebeau’s route to happiness is taking on a quest — something that will get you up in the morning, impatient to begin your day. His stories, biographies, observations, and personal insights will get you thinking about a greater purpose. And there’s a lot of how-to in here. If you’ve been wondering ‘what it’s all about?’ this book could change your life.”
"Review" by , “When a quest is a journey or a sought-after goal, it can be satisfying, fun, even paradigm-shifting. But when a quest begins with an inner yearning and transforms into a calling, it becomes medicine for the soul, and this changes everythingThe Happiness of Pursuit is an invitation to listen to the part of oneself that craves purpose. It says. "Hey! Wake up! Your unique adventure awaits you."
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