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
MIT’s computer-science course, a nerd turning himself into real-life
James Bond, and scores of others writing themselves into the record
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
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 listeners of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count. Download and start listening now!