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 Review

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.

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  • 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 recommendation...

  • Becca

    This is an alright book. I really enjoy Chris Guillebeau's work, his blog and his outlook, and I loved The Art of Non-Conformity. But I was a little disappointed by this one. It has some interesting s...

  • Mignon

    I received an advance review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it. Like The $100 Startup, which I am using in class this fall, The Happiness of Pursuit uses case studies as a way to explore the ph...

  • Sasha

    Full disclosure - my story is one of the many featured in this book. Even if this were not true, I would still love this book. Here's why: I recently finished my quest and found myself struggling with...

  • Brittney S.

    The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau is a book purported to assist creative individuals launch and fulfill their life quest. For those unfamiliar, Guillebeau rose to fame after proclaiming and...

  • Sam

    I was sent this book because I signed up for the street team and I'm SO glad I did because this book changed my life. I didn't think I was going to be able to read it in a day but I did because there ...

  • Mireille Duval

    This was really inspiring. I've been feeling aimless for... an embarrassingly long time, this perpetual "what next?" hanging over me, and though I don't think visiting all the UNESCO World Heritage si...

  • Kate

    I found this book to be too superficial to be life-changing. The message boils down to "having a big, long-term goal can lend order, structure, and purpose to your life, which in turn can make you mor...

  • Kirk

    I had an incredible opportunity to read this book prior to publication. You cannot possibly dislike a book written by Chris, who has been to every country in the world. His books are top notch and pow...

  • Patricia

    I was really hoping to learn something new about happiness from this book. That definitely did not happen. This book could easily have been understood just by reading the first appendix. In the first ...