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The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life (edition 2016)

by Chris Guillebeau (Author)

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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.
Title:The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Authors:Chris Guillebeau (Author)
Info:Harmony (2016), Edition: NO-VALUE, 320 pages
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Chris kept me company through a long day of jury selection. I was chosen. After the case settled (no trial), the various quest stories had me fully engaged. I read the Art of Non-Conformity as well as the [b:The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future|12605157|The $100 Startup Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future|Chris Guillebeau|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1345666854s/12605157.jpg|17620461]. The dedication and discipline that Chris brings to his writing as well as the focus of this title makes it my favorite so far.

Because of the variety of quests and their very different people undertaking them, I felt inspired. Instead of in awed and overwhelmed, I found stories that made me think, "I could do that!"

I savored the last few chapters on the beach. Reading this book was a delightful quest all its own. ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit is a good, easy read that seamlessly intertwines the elation of chasing goals with the ultimate quest for self-discovery. Guillebeau, an author, entrepreneur, and traveler, crafted this book as a reflection on his quest to visit all 193 countries before turning 35.

Origins and Intentions
The Happiness of Pursuit stemmed from the author’s realization that the journey towards achieving his goal was, in many ways, as fulfilling if not more so than the achievement itself. This insight motivated him to share not only his own experiences but also stories of individuals who embarked on their own quests. The book aims to inspire readers to undertake their own journeys and unravel layers of their character and potential in the process.

Structure and Organization
The book is layered narrative, amalgamating elements of a travel memoir, a self-help guide, and a collection of inspirational tales. The stories encompass an eclectic assortment of individuals - not merely wanderers or adventurers, but everyday people who each embarked on a different kind of quest (activist, athletic, creative, documentary, exploration, and self-discovery.) Each chapter contains its own theme and insights from the author.

Below, I’ve provided chapter titles, the authors "key lesson" after the title, and some key takeaways:

Chapter 1: Awakening - Adventure is for everyone.
  • A quest is defined by distinct features such as a lucid goal, a formidable challenge, and a succession of milestones.
  • Be attuned to ideas that captivate your interest, particularly those that are incessantly on your mind.

    Chapter 2: The Great Discontent - Unhappiness can lead to new beginnings.
  • A sense of disillusionment or estrangement often heralds the beginning of many quests.
  • If you feel detached, scrutinize the underlying reasons.

    Chapter 3: The Calling - Everyone has a calling. Follow your passion.
  • Discover your calling by immersing yourself in moments that captivate you.

    Chapter 4: Defining Moments - Every day matters.
  • The emotional cognizance of life’s finiteness can propel one towards a goal.

    Chapter 5: Self-Reliance - Not everyone needs to believe in your dream, but you do.
  • Life is inherently replete with risks; opt for risks that resonate with you.
  • Keep faith in your quest irrespective of others’ opinions.

    Chapter 6: Everyday Adventure - You can have the life you want no matter who you are.
  • Integrate your skills and interests with a sustained challenge.
  • Create structure around a project and set timelines.

    Chapter 7: Time and Money - Before beginning a quest, count the cost.
  • Acknowledge the time, financial, and other implications of your quest.
  • Build confidence by addressing the queries and criticisms your project may face.
  • Action trumps endless planning.

    Chapter 8: Life Listing - We're motivated by progress and achievement. It feels good to check things off.
  • A quest can serve as a focal point or purpose in life.
  • Strive for diverse goals spanning multiple facets of life.

    Chapter 9: Forward Motion - "Quests are boring. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other."
  • Perseverance is integral to quests.
  • Monotony is inescapable; choose the monotony that advances your quest.
  • Given a choice between regression and progression, choose the latter.

    Chapter 10: The Love of the Craft - Effort can be its own reward.
  • Creation and sharing motivate some individuals, propelling them from one project to another.
  • Embrace structure and routine to bolster creativity.

    Chapter 11: Joining Forces - Some adventures should be shared.
  • Surround yourself with individuals who resonate with your aspirations.
  • Even with support, internal motivation is critical to overcome challenges.

    Chapter 12: Rebel for a Cause - Find what troubles you about the world, then fix it for the rest of us.
  • Having an adversary can sharpen your focus.
  • What invigorates life outweighs what validates sacrifice.
  • Understanding what irks you is as vital as knowing what excites you.

    Chapter 13: The Long Road - The middle of a quest can be the hardest part. Don't give up too soon!
  • Save diligently to achieve your dreams.
  • If your quest relies on external validation, ensure intrinsic motivation backs it.

    Chapter 14: Misadventures - Choose your failures, and have the right kind of disasters.
  • Misadventures that impart knowledge foster confidence.
  • If worry is inevitable, fret over the cost of forsaking your dream.
  • It’s prudent to cease when your heart isn’t in it. Ask yourself: Is my heart still in this?

    Chapter 15: Transformation - As you make progress toward a small goal, the bigger vision expands.
  • Those on quests often find themselves evolving and broadening their horizons.
  • The sentiment “I’m glad I did it” is prevalent among quest completers.

    Chapter 16: Homecomings - Make a plan for the next step.
  • Quests may not always have tidy conclusions.
  • If explaining the entirety of a quest is challenging, focus on anecdotes.
  • Life is what you make of it, and the next steps post-quest are yours to decide.

    Chapter 17: Finale - The end of the beginning.
  • Every quest culminates. Ponder over the subsequent steps.

  • Overall, The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau is a fun, enjoyable read which may help guide readers down their own path of self-discovery. ( )
      howermj | Jun 25, 2023 |

    I didn't get a lot of motivation from this book. Like many of the stories in this book, I just was pushing my way through this book, one sentence at a time and wondering how do I feel about a guy whose calling was visiting every country in the world? Should I listen to him?

    In one of the chapters, the author told a story about when he told someone about his calling of visiting every country,he got a reply, "That's easy. You just need enough time and money." Yeah, that's right!

    Well, upon further reflection, enough money time = a lot of goals in life. That's what goals are.... investing time and other things to accomplish something. So, at first I may sneer at Chris' ambition at visiting every country, I can also applaud him for setting an ambitious goal and accomplishing it. Well done, Chris!

    The book was better after reaching this conclusion.

    My favorite chapter was the last one ... when the goal is accomplished, then what. So many books/movies/stories end up the high note. But what happens when the last note of the song is played? Then what? What happens after you visit the last country, get the boy/girl, or slay the evil monster?

    The book was overall OK. It got me out of a two long rut and I can feel things starting to align again.

    ( )
      wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
    I think maybe I would have felt inspired by this book in high school, when the only person I had to think about was myself. No job, no responsibilities. But now? Nope. The woman who abandoned her four kids to fulfil her “quest” to see as many bird species as she could? I just kept thinking that there were better ways to “find your life purpose” than the ways suggested in this book. (Like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, for starters! I did just read The Happiness Trap.) I suppose it didn’t help that I also just finished reading a book about how small steps are the best way to bring about lasting change in your life... and that speaks to me much more than giving everything up for some chosen “life quest” like traveling to every single country in the world just to check them off your list. Again, maybe the timing just wasn’t right for me, but I didn’t find this book inspirational at all. ( )
      lacurieuse | Nov 11, 2021 |
    Each and everyone of us should find a way to pursue happiness and especially find a way to shape the future, but not everyone is that lucky. People featured in this great book had that luck and they had found a way to pursue their happiness by going on dangerous quests that had brought immense purposes to their lives, which is what makes this book a truly interesting read worth reading slowly page by page, because they had faced adversity and they still managed to find their chosen calling and their purpose in life, and what's the most important part of this book, they had learned to cherish what they had learned during their journeys of self-discovery, and were brave enough to share their stories of their journeys of self-discovery with the world. ( )
      Champ88 | Dec 25, 2019 |
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