The Happiness of Pursuit

The Happiness of Pursuit

Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to your Life

Book - 2014
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Chris Guillebeau specializes in helping people break out of the "box" of their everyday lives. His most recent book, The $100 Startup , explained how to create income on one's own terms and not necessarily abide by a 9-to-5, "work for the man" model. But while liberation from "the grind" is one step in pursuing a life of purpose, it's far from the only way. Indeed, genuine fulfillment typically requires a quest or challenge that is big and ambitious, that involves surpassing the limits most people accept as part of their boring, routine-filled lives and making an actual difference. Chris has undertaken a successful quest of his own, having visited every country in the world by age 35. But the quests or projects discussed in this book need not involve travel at all. What they do involve is commitment and progressive accomplishment, losing oneself in an accretive task-whether it be a physical journey, an artistic enterprise, a philanthropic feat, even an act of political protest. Chris has surveyed thousands who've undertaken such quests and really drilled down to discover how they went about it, the common mistakes, what happened when they hit the wall, and how they coped when the quest was over. His specialty is well-researched, easy-to-follow advice that helps readers bridge the gap between "impossible dream" and "everyday reality."
Publisher: New York :, Harmony Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385348843
Branch Call Number: ANF 158.1 GUI
Characteristics: viii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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I'm not interested in an enormous quest like traveling the world, but this book inspired me to find several smaller scale challenges to take on over the next year or two. For all of you bucket-listers, 'top ten' rankers, 'best of' aficionados, give this one a look.

Feb 07, 2017

A book full of inspirations, you might find something that must have been lying latent in your heart. Do read this book to know how people kept moving with an earnest quest in their heart coupled along with Chris' own quest to visit all the countries in the world. Ofcourse in the practical world nothing is so rosy, hence the book also talks about struggles faced by many characters. This is my third read book of this author and I must say he has lived upto the benchmarks created by his previous books.

Jan 16, 2016

Didn't take me in and didn't finish this book. This guy has the luxury of travelling the world on a "quest". He compares this experience to others who have gone to extremes and made some type of life altering journey like running every ultra-marathons on the planet in a year or something to that effect. I couldn't get it out of my head what a first world cause this all stands for.

Nov 09, 2014

The stories of people pursuing seemingly random or obscure dreams “just because” never gets old but I did find some of the points a bit slow moving and the author did write about himself a lot in between. Some of the stories were quite heartwarming think chicken soup for the soul stuff and others were pretty out there and I felt the need to skim. I would not describe this book as life changing or particularly motivational but it was mostly a fun read.

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