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

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life Author Chris Guillebeau
ISBN-10 038534886X
ISBN-13 9780385348867
Year 2016-04-05
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Harmony
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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 planets countries by age thirty five compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journeys biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist each pursuing a challenging quest And interestingly these quests arent just travel oriented On the contrary theyre 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 The more Chris spoke with these strivers including a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project a DJ producing the worlds largest symphony a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone and scores of others writing themselves into the record books 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 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 questings 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 Its a playbook for making your life count

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